Book Review

Eat, Pray, Love (2006)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 16, 2006; Writer: Elizabeth Gilbert; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Viking

Tortured by the ''giant trash compactor of nonstop anxiety'' that had become her life, journalist Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on a yearlong quest for happiness — and manages to find romance and some killer pasta along the way. Eat, Pray, Love, an insightful, funny account of her travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes. Whether filling in as a one-woman welcoming committee at an ashram in India, inhaling perfect gelato in Rome, or passing time over coffee with a medicine man in Bali, Gilbert becomes, as her guru advises her, ''the scientist of [her] own inner experience.'' Despite a few cringe-worthy turns (''Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?''), Gilbert's journey is well worth taking. A

Originally posted Feb 17, 2006 Published in issue #865 Feb 24, 2006 Order article reprints