In her twenties, Elizabeth Gilbert struggled with depression, anxiety, and a failed marriage. She found solace in writing and eventually penned the best-selling novel “Eat, Pray, Love.” Today, she is a successful author and public speaker with a large social media following.
Here are some books that Gilbert says have changed her life.
A Beginner’s Guide to the End by BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger
In “A Beginner’s Guide to the End,” BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger explore what it means to die and how we can approach death with more grace. They offer readers a glimpse into the hospice system and how it can help those who are facing death.
Miller and Berger provide practical advice for those who are facing their own mortality or the death of a loved one. By understanding the process of dying, we can all learn to live our lives more fully.
Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett
Krista Tippett, the author of Becoming Wise, believes that wisdom is not a goal to be attained, but rather a quality to be cultivated. Tippett interviewed some of the world’s leading thinkers on the subject of wisdom for her book, and she shares what she learned in these pages.
Tippett defines wisdom as “a quality of mind and heart that enables us to show up for life in ever-changing circumstances with curiosity, creativity, courage, and compassion.”
She says that wisdom is not about having all the answers; it’s about learning how to live with uncertainty. And it’s something that we can all cultivate, regardless of our age or station in life.
Becoming Wise is an inspiring and thought-provoking read for anyone seeking to live a wiser life.
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo’s book, Everything is Figureoutable, is a guide to conquering your fears and achieving your goals. The book provides readers with the tools they need to identify and overcome the obstacles holding them back from success.
With her trademark mix of wit, wisdom, and no-nonsense advice, Marie Forleo shows readers that no matter what their goal is, it is within their reach if they’re willing to put in the work. Everything is figureoutable–it’s just a matter of figuring out how.
This book is perfect for anyone who feels stuck in their career or personal life and is ready to make a change. If you’re looking for motivation and inspiration, look no further than Everything is Figureoutable.
Love and Trouble by Claire Dederer
Claire Dederer’s new book, Love and Trouble, is a candid and introspective look at her life as a middle-aged woman. In it, she chronicles her struggles with mental health, her marriage, and her role as a mother. She also explores the challenges of aging and the ways in which love can be both a source of joy and pain.
Dederer is an accomplished writer, and her prose is both honest and vulnerable. She does not shy away from difficult topics, and she writes with humor and candor about the challenges of being a woman in today’s world. Love and Trouble is an important book that will resonate with many readers.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham’s book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” offers a candid and often humorous look at the young writer’s life, from her childhood in New York City to her recent move to Los Angeles.
Dunham, who is best known for her work on the HBO series “Girls,” draws on her own experiences to explore themes of love, friendship, work, and ambition.
“Not That Kind of Girl” is both funny and thought-provoking, and it will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to figure out who they are and what they want in life.
Syllabus by Lynda Barry
In “Syllabus,” Barry shares some of the exercises she uses in her class, which are designed to help students tap into their own experiences and imaginations.
Through writing prompts, drawings, and other exercises, Barry leads her students on a journey of self-discovery and creative expression. By the end of the course, many of her students have produced amazing pieces of writing and art that they never would have thought possible.
The Beautiful No by Sheri Salata
In her book, “The Beautiful No,” Sheri Salata chronicles her journey to say “no” more often – and how it led to a more fulfilling life.
Saying “no” was never easy for Salata. As a successful TV executive and producer, she was used to saying “yes” to everything – work, family, and friends. But after years of overcommitment and burnout, she realized that something had to change.
So Salata began saying “no” to the things that didn’t matter – the unnecessary meetings, the last-minute requests, the things that drained her energy instead of filling her up. And in doing so, she found more time for the things she loved: writing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Book of Strange New Things is a novel by Michel Faber that was published in 2014. The book tells the story of Peter, a chaplain who is sent to a planet called Oasis to minister to the alien race known as the Muscogee.
The Muscogee are a peaceful people who are fascinated by Earth and its history. However, they are also a dying race, as their planet is slowly being consumed by a strange new disease.
As Peter tries to help the Muscogee, he discovers that there is more to their world than meets the eye. He also begins to question his own faith and what it means to be human.
The Book of Strange New Things is an ambitious and thought-provoking novel that will leave readers questioning everything they thought they knew about religion, aliens, and our place in the universe.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
If you’re in the market for a summer read that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between, Emma Straub’s The Vacationers is the perfect book for you.
This novel follows the story of Franny and Jim Baker as they travel with their teenage children to Mallorca for vacation. While there, Franny and Jim grapple with issues in their marriage while their children explore love and heartbreak for the first time.
The Vacationers is a touching novel that explores the complicated relationships between parents and their children. Straub has crafted a beautiful story that will stay with readers long after they’ve finished the last page.
The Wild Other by Clover Stroud
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
You Can Be Right (or You Can Be Married) by Dana Adam Shapiro