Saturday, March 7, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert's best books

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about the year she spent traveling the world alone after a difficult divorce.

Her first book, a collection of short stories called Pilgrims, was a New York Times Notable Book, received the Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. It was followed by Stern Men, a novel which was also a New York Times Notable book, and The Last American Man, her biography of Eustace Conway that was a finalist in 2002 for both The National Book Award and The National Book Critic’s Circle Award.

For The Week she named her six favorite books. The volume of poetry on her list:
Refusing Heaven by Jack Gilbert (Knopf, $16).

Gilbert (no relation to me, though I wish he were) is my favorite poet, and Refusing Heaven is his greatest volume. If you’ve never read Jack Gilbert, find him. He is timeless, bold, sly, magical, fearless.
Read about the other five books on Gilbert's list.

Among the many readers of Eat, Pray, Love: Minnie Driver and Suzanne Vega.

--Marshal Zeringue