Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and she attended New York University whilst working on her short stories by night.
Her first book, a short story collection called PILGRIMS, was based on her experiences working in bars, diners and ranches, during the years after university. This book became a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award.
Elizabeth also worked as a journalist for such publications as Spin, GQ and The New York Times Magazine, and was a three-time finalist for The National Magazine work.
One of her magazine publications, about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side, eventually became the basis for the movie COYOTE UGLY.
Elizabeth published her first novel, STERN MEN, in 2000. This was a story of brutal territory wars between two remote fishing islands off the coast of Maine, and became listed as a New York Times Notable Book.
Her first work of non-fiction, was THE LAST AMERICAN MAN, published in 2002, a true story of the modern day woodsman Eustace Conway. This book became a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Elizabeth’s best known book is the EAT PRAY LOVE book published in 2006, a memoir chronicling her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce.
The book, Eat, Pray, Love, was an international bestseller, and was translated into over thirty languages, with 7 million plus copies sold worldwide, and was then turned into the movie version starring Julia Roberts.
Elizabeth’s fifth book – COMMITTED: A SKEPTIC MAKES PEACE WITH MARRIAGE – tells the story of the author’s efforts to work through all her fears and hesitations about matrimony, after she and her Brazilian sweetheart were unexpectedly “sentenced to wed” by the United States Department of Homeland Security. This book was published in January 2010.
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