Books by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award), a novel, Stern Men, and, most recently, The Last American Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Cir

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released: June 4, 2019

"A big old banana split of a book, surely the cure for what ails you."
Someone told Vivian Morris in her youth that she would never be an interesting person. Good thing they didn't put money on it. Read full book review >
BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Not earth shattering but warmly inspirational."
The bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love reflects on what it means to pursue a creative life.Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"The wonder continues in the fact that, regardless of subject, each story takes its place in the collection proudly and deservedly."
The latest installment of the travel-writing series upholds the tradition of world-expanding excellence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A brilliant exercise of intellect and imagination."
Gilbert's sweeping saga of Henry Whittaker and his daughter Alma offers an allegory for the great, rampant heart of the 19th century. Read full book review >
COMMITTED by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A vaguely depressing account of how intimate relationships are complicated by marriage, divorce and expectations about both. Given Gilbert's popularity and the state of marriage in America, however, the book is likely to become a bestseller."
In the follow up to Eat, Pray, Love (2006), Gilbert examines her reluctant marriage to Felipe, the Brazilian businessman she met at the end of her post-divorce travels, and considers her doubts about the institution of marriage. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2006

"Lacks the sparkle of her fiction. "
An unsuccessful attempt at a memoir from novelist and journalist Gilbert (The Last American Man, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LAST AMERICAN MAN by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released: May 20, 2002

"Backing her on-the-ground account with asides on communal movements, idealistic failures, and our deeply flawed culture, Gilbert delivers a first-rate work of reportage."
An absorbing, sometimes strange profile of the last of the back-to-the-landers, if not the last "real" man. Read full book review >
STERN MEN by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released: May 22, 2000

"Sophisticated yet ribald, comic yet serious: an exceptional debut from a writer to watch."
A sly picaresque about a young woman who single-handedly ends a generations-long feud between two remote islands off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
PILGRIMS by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

A fine first collection of 12 stories that are richly varied in setting and content, and enlivened by their author's flair for vigorous dialogue and concise summary statement. Gilbert's tales are ostensibly linked by the metaphor indicated by her book's title (and underscored by her use as epigraph of the opening lines of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales). It's true that all her characters seek respect or self-definition, and also that many of them are looking for love, of whatever kind is available, in all the wrong places with all the people likeliest to hurt or disappoint them. More-or-less conventional sexual situations are explored with economy and wit in the title story's account of a young cowboy's truculent relationship with a female ranch-hand, the Saroyan-like ``Tall Folks'' in which a woman saloon owner slakes her loneliness, as it were, by falling for her handsome young nephew, and the amusing ``Landing,'' about a rootless woman's fascination with a sexy paratrooper. Gilbert strikes deeper with several more ambitious stories, most notably the resonant ``Elk Talk,'' a skillful symbolic revelation of a woman's endangered idyllic life in the Wyoming mountains; ``The Many Things That Denny Brown Did Not Know (Age Fifteen)'' (Gilbert has a thing for unwieldy titles), a clever picturing of adolescent confusion, presented through an ingeniously handled omniscient narration; and ``The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick,'' a nicely understated account of a successful Hungarian immigrant in Pittsburgh whose violent nature becomes the guiding principle in his life. Ranging further still, Gilbert offers (in ``At the Bronx Terminal Vegetable Market'') a hauntingly vivid portrait of a naive porter who tries to convince himself he can run for president of his mob-controlled union. The best kind of debut volume: a striking display of a versatile writer flexing her muscles and tackling a broad array of subjects and themes. Read full book review >