Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert at Lori’s house on December 10th November 7, 2008

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 4:23 pm

eat1From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy’s buffet of delights–the world’s best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners–Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. “I came to Italy pinched and thin,” she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise “betwixt and between” realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year’s cultural and emotional tapestry–conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor–as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression.

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October 29th, 2008-When you are engulfed in flames by David Sedaris at Luna

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 4:05 pm

Cool Women in Attendance:  Marci, Ann, Susan C, Susan E, Lori

Menu:  Great Tapas and lots of wine!

Memorable Moments:

  • Most really enjoyed the book and a few sample readings were done
  • A fun party is in the works by Susan C
  • A book club vacation was discussed