A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage

Book - 2010
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The #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love --an intimate and erudite celebration of love--from the author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear .

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 were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which-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 into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert's memoir is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670021659
Branch Call Number: 306.81 GIL
Characteristics: xvi, 285 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 16, 2015

s anybody else sick of memoirs? Yeah, big deal you did something for a year or moved somewhere or beat your alcoholism. Gilbert, who wrote the egregiously overrated "Eat, Pray, Love," is back with another self-indulgent, irritating and completely unnecessary memoir, this one about marriage. Resolve to read less of these things in 2015 and maybe they'll start to go away.

Jan 30, 2015

This book was written in a very different style to Elizabeth Gilbert's other titles - a fact she acknowledges in the introduction to this book. I so loved several of her other works, yet could not get into this book. It was the first book I have returned to the library in many, many years, that I just had no interest in finishing.

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Apr 23, 2014

Loved it! It's sort of a follow up from her book Eat, Pray, Love. She is an entertaining writer. I actually liked Commited more than Eat, Pray, Love.

Jul 12, 2012

I actually liked this book about the same as "Eat, Pray, Love".
Worth the read. I must admit at times I felt I wanted to shake the author and yell at her to 'just bite the bullet and marry him for God sakes"...

Nov 13, 2011

A personal narrative interwoven with cultural/historical notes about marriage. I actually liked this book more than 'eat, pray, love', as I found it to be hopeful and relatable. Gilbert tells the reader upfront that the book was written in an attempt to unravel her personal discomfort with the institution of marriage and this is exactly what 'Committed' is. This book is probably best read quickly other wise the subject matter may feel repetitive.

Aug 17, 2011

Though some parts of this were interesting...I found it a little slow in places and I have trouble staying interested.

Jul 10, 2011

Enjoyed the book but was somewhat disappointed. 'Eat, Pray, Love' is hard to top.

May 24, 2011

Not as good as "eat pray love" but a decent read nevertheless

May 11, 2011

I haven't even finished this yet. I bought it because I figured it would be a sequal. It sort of follows up at the end of eat, pray, love. But I got rather bored to be honest and put it down for awhile. Maybe will pick up later.

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May 19, 2010

"Let's just be careful now."
Felipe, page 215, his method of "preemptive conflict resolution"


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