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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Club: T-Minus One Week


I am so looking forward to discussing our first book club book next week!

For those of you who want to jump on the book club bandwagon, please do! We're reading Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (see description below).

I'm about 3/4ths of the way through the book myself. If you are running short on time, I recommend my two favorite chapters so far:
  1. Marriage and Expectation
  2. Marriage and Infatuation
I'm looking forward to discussing the book next week!

Happy reading,

s.

Book Description:
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.



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4 comments:

suzewearsshoes said...

Yay! I'm about 1/4 of the way through so I need to step on it..

Teresa said...

I've been antsy in my pantsy to read this one.

dognbird said...

Looking forward to this - on my library list! Loved Eat/Pray/Love.

Paula said...

Okay, I haven't picked it up yet. Right now, I'm actually in the middle of her previous memoir, Eat. Pray. Love.. But I will definitely pick this up soon since I'm in the middle of wedding planning.

I love her writing style. Actually I saw an online lecture of hers, and I couldn't wait to pick up her first memoir.

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