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Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,514 ratings  ·  290 reviews
A New York Times Bestseller -- True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, bestselling books of our time
In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Riverhead Books
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Maria That's really disappointing, I expected a bunch of stories in a vein of "how I screwed up my great job and retirement plan to go on a journey and end …moreThat's really disappointing, I expected a bunch of stories in a vein of "how I screwed up my great job and retirement plan to go on a journey and end up with malaria, thanks very much Elizabeth"(less)
Bogokan This year I am planning to travel to Spain. Here I found information on the best beaches. This will be our first trip si…moreThis year I am planning to travel to Spain. Here I found information on the best beaches. This will be our first trip since the wedding. We got married last year. And because of the lockdown, we didn't have a honeymoon trip.(less)

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Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Full disclosure: I am biased reader because my essay is part of this collection. I really did enjoy reading it though. The introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert, like every word she ever writes, is perfection and nails the common theme that runs through these diverse essays. I have always taken Eat Pray Love pretty literally because my experience was pretty similar - go through divorce that was of my own choosing and then travel the world finding myself. But this collection of essays reminded me tha ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, travel, memoir-bio
I had high hopes for this, but I wasn't very impressed. There are a lot of short essays which almost all say the exact same thing (aka Let me kiss your butt Liz Gilbert as you and massive amounts of travel complete me). I'd much rather have seen fewer essays that go more in-depth and that are diverse in what people did. ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am biased since I do have an essay in this collection, however I do believe this book is a beautiful testament of the resilient human spirit! These are stories from people that were inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's beautiful journey in Eat, Pray, Love... But no matter where the motivation or inspiration comes from it is always touching to read vulnerable stories of people deciding to get back up, dust off, and start living again! <3 ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like all of the writers who contributed to this book, Eat Pray Love also made a big impact on my life. I read it during the months soon after i left my ex-husband, and i remember exactly where i was sitting, and the way the light in the room looked, when i devoured it's pages. It was definitely a comfort to me during a very confusing, difficult time in my life.

AND who knew that so many of us cry curled up on the bathroom floor??!!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was adorably nostalgic, even though I didn't like the original book. I loved the idea that a small book with an idea inspired so many other people to change their lives - big or small. I love how it was broken in to small stories. It made it easier to read and really quick. There were some stories I liked more than others - but that is the fun of short stories, you can really appreciate each one for it's own voice and theme. I'm glad I gave this one a try ...more
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A few days ago, while going out for iced tea and some air, I entered one of my favorite bookstores to find this book. I held it close to check the cover because it had 'EAT PRAY LOVE' on it; I wasn't sure if it was by the same author or a book written about the memoir. I flipped the first pages and read the introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book is a celebration for ten years have passed since it was originally published, it's about real women and men who were deeply affected by this book t ...more
Claudia Turner
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel like they're all trying to sound profound and they're just a little meh. But I also wasn't captivated by (though I did enjoy it) the original book. Still this would be good for someone who needs encouragement to leave a confining situation or the confidence to feel secure in their own skin and independence. Two stars because... still meh. ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I only enjoyed 1/4 of the essays in this book. The rest were prertentious and repetitive. The number of women who wrote that after reading Eat Pray Love they had the courage to divorce their husband was disturbing. The nunber of women who after reading Eat Pay Love quit their jobs and became artists/writers/creatives was unsustainable (I'm sorry but the world can't function if everyone can just quit their 'boring' job and become full time authors). The number of women who after reading Eat Pray ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Eat Prey Love Made Me Do It is a compilation of almost fifty stories by people who did more than just imagine what it would be like to live like Elizabeth Gilbert (EG). They used the memoir as inspiration and after reading Eat Pray Love (EPL) took steps to change their lives.

I liked the concept of this book but for me this book just missed the mark. The stories aren't very long. Each one is only a couple of pages which for the most part isn't enough time for me to feel vested in their lives. And
Char (lunarchar_)
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-read, audible
This was a wonderful night time read. A lot of stories resonated with me and felt empowering but there were also a lot that I couldn’t connect with hence the lower rating.
Leslie Patrick
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I may be a little biased since a) I LOVE Elizabeth Gilbert, and b) I have an essay included in this book. I love the transformative tales told by such a wide array of people from vastly different backgrounds. If you're looking for a dose of inspiration in your day, this is it! ...more
I liked Eat, Pray, Love well enough. I didn't find the mega-bestseller absolutely profound and life-changing like the contributors to this essay collection did, but I still enjoyed it and found Liz Gilbert's personal struggles relateable. My one real issue with the original EPL is that there are lots of people in Gilbert's position--or much worse--who don't have the money or resources to go find themselves on a global adventure. So I was very intrigued when Gilbert announced the idea for this co ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Got 1/3 through. Glad that folks were inspired by the book, but they just weren't very interesting writers. Good concept, poorly delivered ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a cute and interesting concept for a book: a collection of essays from real readers, those who made it the best seller. The book collects stories from those who were so moved by Eat Pray Love, it “made” them resee their own lives and take action. (I would love to see such a collection for other authors: Toni Morrison Made Me Do It).

So many of these pieces individually deserve a four or five star rating. They have a clear tone and structure. They are well crafted in their specificity and
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Much like Dan Savage's book, It Gets Better, I feel like this book is probably very important for a certain audience having existential crises. It's also proof of how powerful words and books can be-- Elizabeth Gilbert's words changed so many lives, seemingly for the better. I loved her venture into fiction but wasn't enamored of Eat, Pray, Love (except, predictably, for Eat), and so I couldn't really get into the stories in this volume. Different books at different times of my life, though, hav ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
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As someone who loved the memoir, "Eat Pray Love", I was very excited to see this on the shelves of the library. I couldn't wait to read of how people became inspired and transformed their own lives after reading about Elizabeth Gilbert's journey.

This compilation of essays was not a disappointment. Each story was inspiring and it was interesting to read of each individual's "moment" when they knew that they had to make a change.

This book has made me want to reread Eat Pray Love and read more mem
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really thought the stories were great for about the first 80 pages and then it was so repetitive. They all found their way, met a Brit/Aussie man and had a great life. No specifics on what they did. anyway, it was inspirational but you only have to read the first 50 pages or so to get the gist.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I loved Eat, Pray, Love. This book had an interesting concept and some of the stories were good. Unfortunately, about halfway through I got really tired of reading it. A lot of the stories were boringly repetitive. I ended up skimming quite a bit because I just didn't care that much anymore. ...more
Just as Eat, Pray, Love was a delight to read, so was Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. We resonated with Liz's words describing her depression and loss of joy in life in Eat, Pray, Love and further felt her need to escape the weight of emotions. Unlike Liz, not everyone could go abroad to find themselves and through Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, you find that not everyone had to to change their lives.

A great collection of essays that will have you crying, laughing, and connecting with each experienc
Tina Panik
No one in this collection received a writing advance to change their lives and improve their self concepts, which immediately put them in my good graces. I now understand the movement that is Eat, Pray, Love, but maintain my loathing of the book itself.
Chloë de Winter
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most mediocre book I've ever read. Sure, good for those people that they turned their lives around but it's written very poorly (duh, those are random people, not writers) and it's painfully average. None of the stories really stayed with me, I was listening to it as I was running some errands, drifted off with my thoughts a couple of times and after refocusing wasn't able to say if it's still the same story or a new one. They're all so similar! They mostly say "I was stuck in my saf ...more
Heidi (CarolinaDreamz) Jeffers Thibodeau
I listened to this on Audible, although I bought the book at Dollar Tree, so I wasn't sure about it.

It was a fun book based on many people's stories of their influences to the original memoir.

I felt touched and helped and loved EPL. I appreciate an author reading their own book, too.
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Leah Struhsaker
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t a huge fan of the book Eat, Pray, Love itself per se but I found this (surprisingly) refreshing and inspiring
Cory Reese
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Eat, Pray, Love is one of my favorite books of all time. I had high hopes for this one, but found that there wasn't much variation in the stories and the plot lines started to feel predictable. ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved hearing from others on how "Eat Pray Love" motivated them in their own lives. ...more
Ashley Cunningham
A collection of inspiring stories that came from the Eat Pray Love (EPL) franchise. I enjoyed the stories, but I wasn't really impressed. I can understand how these stories (and Liz's) could inspire someone who was struggling through a tough situation, but it didn't do that for me.

Most of the stories were written by writers and the stories were all very similar, ie: leaving a bad/sad marriage, traveling all over the world, Liz Gilbert is a goddess. Most of the stories were only a few pages long
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Why is this even a book? It's just Elizabeth Gilbert's fan mail anthologized. It is the same (for the most part boring and poorly written) story over and over and over and over...

Let me summarize: a 20-something finds they are having difficulties with their life/children/health and want to travel/go back to school/get divorced/open a B&, they read Eat, Pray, Love & feel empowered to live their lives & love themselves over the course of several years/months/weeks.

The end.

It is actually pa
Jolie Adam
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not biased at all. Ok, perhaps a tad, as an Elizabeth Gilbert fan. I thought the collection was an invigorating reminder of what the book we all love has been able to help us achieve, understand or overcome. The essays were all well-written, touching and mostly relatable. It was interesting to read this perspective, to know there were people moved by someone's genuine experience to the point where they could rise and take control of their lives. I was moved. Thanks to all the people who open ...more
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Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. Her 2002 book The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award.

Her memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, spent 57 weeks in the #1

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