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									Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
Known for her in-depth profiles for magazines from Harper's Bazaar to GQ, Elizabeth Gilbert has developed a reputation for relaying what makes people tick, both in her reportage and her acclaimed works of fiction.

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Fact File

Elizabeth Gilbert
Current Home:
Hudson Valley, New York
Date of Birth:
July 18, 1969
Place of Birth:
Waterbury, Connecticut
BA, New York University, 1991 (Political Science)
Paris Review New Discovery Prize, 1996; Pushcart Prize, 1996; Three-time New York Times Notable Author

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A Multi-Layered Memoir

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								Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia, Author: 
								Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her latest fascinating work, Gilbert explains how the "early-onslaught midlife crisis" that brought her life to a screeching halt at the age of 30 turned out to be the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime. "This is a wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight, filled with sorrow and a great sense of humor," says fellow writer Anne Lamott. "Elizabeth Gilbert is everything you would love in a tour guide, of magical places she has traveled to both deep inside and across the oceans."

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An Author's Advice

"I believe that, if you have a talent (or even if you think you do, or maybe even if you just hope you do), that you should treat that talent with the highest reverence and love," Gilbert explains in our interview. "Don’t flip out, in other words, and murder your gift through narcissism, insecurity, addiction, competitiveness, ambition or mediocrity. Frankly -- don’t be a jerk. Just get busy, get serious, get down to it and write something, for heaven’s sake."

Gilbert's Mountain Muse

Reading Recommendations

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								The Last American Man, Author: 
								Elizabeth Gilbert.

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The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
In this National Book Award-nominated work, Gilbert tells the story of Eustace Conway, a man who deserted suburbia to live in seclusion in the Appalachian Mountains. “Wickedly well-written," raved The New York Times. "There are two parts to The Last American Man: Conway's personal story, which is fascinating enough, and the way it entwines with the American preoccupation with robust, can-do masculinity.”

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								Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Author: 
								Annie Proulx.

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Close Range: Wyoming Stories
by Annie Proulx
In our interview, Gilbert calls Annie Proulx "My favorite living American author," and recommends her collection, Close Range as a must-read. "Like everyone else who read the short story 'Brokeback Mountain' for the first time, I was struck-down by the sheer, bare, unflinching power of it," she reflects. Read our interview to learn about more of Gilbert's reading recommendations, including:

*Bleak House  by Charles Dickens
*London Fields  by Martin Amis
*The Gift  by Hafiz
*The Rings of Saturn  by W. G. Sebald
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