Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything in Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth GilbertMemoir
The book is divided equally into thirds: 1/3 is eating in Italy; 1/3 is praying in India; 1/3 is loving in Indonesia. The first third was my favorite by far! I love the kinds of books that involve travel and are also a recipe-logue. I delude myself that I might walk in these same footsteps and have the same culinary adventures. I take notes about the foods to eat and the best places to visit. Oh, to live vicariously through another!
And, then I stopped living vicariously. The second third of the book was an absolute drudge. I do consider myself a spiritual person and I do believe in the power of meditation but way too much time was spent on this and, as a reader, I didn't get anything out of it.
The last third of the book was an improvement. Although it is only in the last third that the author mention 'love', this is really the underlying theme of the whole story. The entire book was the author's journey through a bad divorce and debilitating rebound romance so finding that love awaited her at the end was a nice closure.
It's really hard to picture this as a movie and really, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I did like it overall, but I'm not getting the build-up and hype.