Eat Pray Love
Reviewer's Grade: A+
I have pages upon pages dog-eared in this book. I loved it. I know people who couldn't get past the first part, but I loved it. Perhaps because while my similar journey didn't include Italy, India and Bali (darn it), it did include hitting rock bottom (in my view) and then going elsewhere (Virginia - God's Country) to discover who I am and my relationship with God. I loved the insights and the humor and the fact that she had to go through a nasty selfish time in order to get to the other side. And she didn't pull any punches. Her life and world got messy. Life can get messy and I kind of live in a place where there is a lot of pressure to NOT be messy (and I don't mean housecleaning).
In addition to reading the book, I saw the movie. The movie is similar to the book without the depth and insight that the book gives. Julie Roberts does a good job (she is an ugly crier - has anyone ever noticed that?) and clearly related to Liz Gilbert because she portrayed her very well. The movie was well cast, and quite frankly, if you haven't fallen helplessly in love with Javier Bardem (whether you are male or female - gay or straight) then I don't want to be your friend.
Just kidding about that. But really - he is adorable and charming and funny.
I would really recommend both the book and the movie if you are in an open mood and want to make some changes in your life. You might discover that you aren't that far from who you want to be.