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Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, as well as the short story collection, Pilgrims—a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.
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THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'Wise, authentic and brave' - Psychologies
'Brimming with positive ways in which to think about creative living' - Mail on Sunday
'Consider her your own personal life coach' - Marie Claire
'Magic ... I'm on board' - Viv Groskop
'I have profoundly changed my approach to creating since I read this book' - Huffington Post
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process – and showing us all just how easy it can be.
By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.
Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
'Stunning' - Lisa Taddeo, author of THREE WOMEN
'Warm and wise' - Stephanie Merritt, Observer
'Glamorous, sexy, compelling' - Dolly Alderton, Sunday Times
'I fell in love with Vivian from page one' - Daisy Buchanan
'An education in love, and an iridescent delight' - Rowan Pelling, Spectator
New York, 1940. Young, glamorous and inseparable, Vivian and Celia are chasing trouble from one end of the city to the other. But there is risk in all this play – that's what makes it so fun, and so dangerous. Sometimes, the world may feel like it's ending, but for Vivian and Celia, life is just beginning.
City of Girls is about daring to break conventions and follow your desires: a celebration of glamour, resilience, growing up, and the joys of female friendship – and about the freedom that comes from finding a place you truly belong.
'There is so much to love in City of Girls' - Independent
'Wherever Liz Gilbert goes, we'll follow' - Oprah magazine, Best book releases
'Sensational' - Cosmopolitan
'As bubbly as a champagne cocktail but with a real kick in the tail' - Sunday Express
'Explores female desire in a radically refreshing way' - independent.co.uk
'Brilliant on female friendship, desire and the influence a good mentor can bring to enrich a young woman's life' - Grazia Summer Reads
OVER 15 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE
'Eat, Pray, Love has been passed from woman to woman like the secret of life' - Sunday Times
'A defining work of memoir' - Sunday Telegraph
'Engaging, intelligent, and highly entertaining' - Time
It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it.
A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.
'Gilbert's prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible' - The New York Times Book Review
'Life changing' - Daily Express
'A meditation on love in its many forms - love of food, language, humanity, God, and most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self' - Los Angeles Times
'If you read one book, this should be it' - Sun
'Everyone who reads it has a new best friend' - The Times
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
'Quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years' - Elizabeth Day, Observer
'Charming ... extensively researched, compellingly readable' - Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph
'Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent' - New Yorker
A captivating story of botany, exploration and desire, by the multimillion copy bestselling author of Eat Pray Love
Everything about life intrigues Alma Whittaker. Her passion for botany leads her far from home, from London to Peru to Tahiti, in pursuit of that rare specimen: knowledge. But as her careful studies draw her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she meets the man who she will come to love – whose perspective, radically different from her own, will transform the way she understands the world.
Radiating with all the heart, soul and earthiness as its unforgettable heroine, The Signature of All Things is a captivating celebration of the workings of this world, and the mechanisms behind all life.
'My own 500-pager of choice? Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things ... just read it ... Hugely enjoyable' - Viv Groskop, Observer Books of the Year
'The story of Alma Whittaker's journey of discovery has irresistible momentum' - Helen Dunmore, The Times
'Gilbert has written the novel of a lifetime' - O, The Oprah Magazine
'Filled with dazzling storytelling' - Susie Boyt, Financial Times
'Like Eat, Pray, Love, her follow-up ... feels irresistibly confessional ... I found myself guzzling Committed, reading it in mighty chunks, far into the night. Whenever I put it down, it was pinched by my mother or sister' - Sunday Times
'An unblinkered consideration of what marriage really means' - Woman & Home
'Gilbert delves deep into the history and cultural meanings of marriage, as well as into her own relationship' - Financial Times
'Insightful ... She speaks for many who question the bliss in conjugal bonds, or, at least, those who want to understand how the tradition still perpetuates. For better or worse' - Vogue
At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, who - after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing - gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again.
Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is Committed - a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood.
Gilbert's memoir - destined to become a cherished handbook for any thinking person hovering on the verge of marriage - is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love, with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.
'A wonderful first novel about life, love and lobster fishing ... Stern Men is high entertainment' - USA Today
'Howlingly funny' - San Francisco Chronicle
'An impressive achievement' - Observer
'A mix of Annie Proulx and John Irving ... memorable and enjoyable' - The Times
On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the fishing rights to the ocean waters between them.
Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, the daughter of one of the greediest lobstermen in Maine. Eighteen years old, as smart as a whip, and irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the 'stern-men'.
As the feud escalates, she helps work the lobster boats, brushes up on her profanity, and eventually falls for a handsome young lobsterman. A funny, sparkling novel of unlikely friendships and family ties, Stern Men captures a feisty American spirit through this unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness despite herself.
Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book.
'It is almost impossible not to fall under the spell of Eustace Conway ... his accomplishments, his joy and vigor, seem almost miraculous' - New York Times Review of Books
'Gilbert takes a bright-eyed bead on Eustace, hitting him square with a witty modernist appraisal of folkloric American masculinity' - The Times
'Conversational, enthusiastic, funny and sharp, the energy of The Last American Man never ebbs' - New Statesman
A fascinating, intimate portrait of an endlessly complicated man: a visionary, a narcissist, a brilliant but flawed modern hero
At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his father, he lived alone in a teepee in the mountains. Everything he needed he built, grew or killed. He made his clothes from deer he killed and skinned before using their sinew as sewing thread.
But he didn't stop there. In the years that followed, he stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges. He travelled the Mississippi in a handmade wooden canoe; he walked the two-thousand-mile Appalachian Trail; he hiked across the German Alps in trainers; he scaled cliffs in New Zealand. One Christmas, he finished dinner with his family and promptly upped and left - to ride his horse across America. From South Carolina to the Pacific, with his little brother in tow, they dodged cars on the highways, ate road kill and slept on the hard ground.
Now, more than twenty years on, Eustace is still in the mountains, residing in a thousand-acre forest where he teaches survival skills and attempts to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature. But over time he has had to reconcile his ambitious dreams with the sobering realities of modernity.
Told with Elizabeth Gilbert's trademark wit and spirit, The Last American Man is an unforgettable adventure story of an irrepressible life lived to the extreme. The Last American Man is a New York Times Notable Book and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
Elizabeth Gilbert, autora superventas de Come, reza, ama, nos trae un relato inspiracional como ruta de acceso a la vida vibrante y plena con la que siempre has soñado.
Vence al miedo y descubre el milagro de una vida creativa.
La mayoría de los humanos tenemos una faceta creativa en nuestras mentes que casi nunca conseguimos o queremos desarrollar por motivos prácticos o personales. Gilbert defiende la necesidad de explorar la faceta creativa para alcanzar una existencia plena, superando el miedo (a la vergüenza, a hacer el ridículo, a perder el tiempo, a no ser tomado en serio) y abrazando la parte mística e intangible de la inspiración. La autora explica cómo tener una relación positiva con la creatividad propia, cómo ser disciplinado pero no tomárselo demasiado en serio, cómo no albergar grandes expectativas pero no dejarse desanimar y cómo cada pequeño acto cotidiano, sea un dibujo, decorar la casa o hacer patinaje artístico, alimenta esa parte creativa de los humanos y no solo puede, sino que debe formar parte orgánica de nuestras vidas.
Al mismo tiempo desmitifica totalmente la figura del artista atormentado, defendiendo una actitud abierta, receptiva y positiva en busca de la inspiración como resultado de una curiosidad sana, una disciplina y una determinación que mantengan el ego a raya y permitan sobrellevar decepciones y fracasos.
« La creatividad es sagrada y al mismo tiempo no lo es.
Lo que hacemos importa muchísimo y al mismo tiempo no importa nada.
Trabajamos en soledad, y nos acompañan espíritus.
Estamos aterrorizados y somos valientes.
El arte es una tarea abrumadora y un privilegio maravilloso.
El trabajo quiere ser hecho, y quiere ser hecho por ti.»
«Su avalancha de optimismo, aderezada con la dosis de humor de quien habla por experiencia, servirá de mantra a más de un lector.»
The Finest Wife is a single short story in the Family Snapshots series, taken from Elizabeth Gilbert's stunning collection of short stories, Pilgrims.
Each story in this series offers a poignant glimpse of family life – the ties we cling to; the ties we try to sever; and the ties that make us who we are. Told from a myriad of perspectives, from a dazzling array of some of the finest short story writers of our generation (including Jhumpa Lahiri, George Saunders, Jon McGregor and Elizabeth Gilbert), Family Snapshots gives us a fresh, empathetic and moving insight into the meaning of family.
'Gilbert takes us on a grit-strewn ride into the heart of Country and Western territory: good old boys, cowgirls, dingy bars, the backwaters and empty plains of America' - Sunday Times
'The heroes of Pilgrims, Elizabeth Gilbert's gimmickless story collection, are everyday seekers...This first-time writer has all the hallmarks of a great writer: sympathy, wit, and an amazing ear for dialogue' - Harper's Bazaar
The very first book by the multimillion-copy bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: A memorable collection of short stories of individuals pursuing their own American pilgrimage
The cowboys, strippers, labourers and magicians of Pilgrims are all on their way to being somewhere, or someone, else. Some are browbeaten and world-weary, others are deluded and naïve, yet all seek companionship as fiercely as they can. A tough East Coast girl dares a western cowboy to run off with her; a matronly bar owner falls in love with her nephew; an innocent teenager falls hopelessly for the local bully's sister.
These are tough heroes and heroines, hardened by their experiences, who struggle for their epiphanies. Yet hope is never far away and though they may act blindly, they always act bravely. Sharply drawn and tenderly observed, Pilgrims is filled with Gilbert's inimitable humour and warmth.
Das Leben ist wild und gefährlich. Wer sich ihm kopfüber anvertraut, gerät in einen Wirbel von Leidenschaft und Liebe. So geschieht es Vivian, die aus der Provinz in die große Stadt geschickt wird. Über Nacht findet sie sich im Glamour New Yorks wieder – in den turbulenten Vierzigern mit Musicals, Bars, Jazz und Gangstern. Als ihr im Privaten ein Fehler unterläuft, kommt es zu einem öffentlichen Skandal, der ihre Welt auf den Kopf stellt. Sie wird Jahre brauchen, um ihn zu verstehen.
Vivian findet schließlich einen Anker in ihrer besten Freundin Marjorie. Gemeinsam eröffnen sie das exklusivste Schneideratelier der Stadt. Tagsüber näht Vivian mit Hingabe und Phantasie die schönsten Brautkleider Manhattans, abends feiern sie gemeinsam Partys auf dem Dach. Und sie findet einen Weg, alles wieder gut zu machen, ohne sich untreu zu werden.
Der Roman, von den Medien als betörender Mix aus Charme und Witz gefeiert, stand nach Erscheinen monatelang auf der »New York Times«-Bestsellerliste.
Lisa Taddeo, Autorin von »Three Women - Drei Frauen«
Ein Roman wie »Diamanten in Champagner.«
»Das Buch des Sommers«