New York est une fête!
Du haut de ses 19 ans, Vivian sait déjà qu'elle ne veut pas du destin tout tracé par ses parents. Mais de sa bulle protégée, elle est loin de s'imaginer le tourbillon incroyable qu'est New York au début des années 1940. Alors, quand après un énième échec scolaire elle est envoyée chez sa tante Peg qui possède un théâtre en plein Times Square, Vivian n'en croit pas ses yeux. Entre la ville qui vibre sans cesse et la troupe d'artistes et de danseuses qui cohabitent joyeusement dans le théâtre, Vivian découvre l'exubérance, la fête et la liberté. Surtout auprès de sa nouvelle amie Celia, une sublime showgirl très émancipée pour l'époque... Mais un faux pas lors d'une virée nocturne fera hélas chavirer le nouveau monde de Vivian et la renverra à la case départ. Quand on a goûté au bonheur d'être une fille libre,
peut-on y renoncer ?
À trente et un ans, Elizabeth Gilbert possède tout ce dont une américaine ambitieuse peut rêver : un mari dévoué, une belle maison, une carrière prometteuse. Elle devrait nager dans le bonheur, pourtant elle est rongée par l'angoisse, le doute, l'insatisfaction...
S'ensuivent un divorce, une dépression et une liaison désastreuse qui la laissent exsangue et encore plus désemparée. Elle décide de tout plaquer pour partir seule à travers le monde.
À elle de se construire la vie qu'elle s'est choisie !
En Italie, elle goûte aux délices de la dolce vita et prend les "douze kilos les plus heureux de sa vie", en Inde, ashram et rigueur ascétique l'aident à discipliner son esprit (lever à 4 heures du matin, méditation et nettoyage des sols !) et en Indonésie, elle cherche à réconcilier son corps et son âme pour trouver l'équilibre qu'on appelle le bonheur...Elisabeth Gilbert nous invite à un voyage vers l'inconnu joyeux et émouvant, libéré des mascarades et faux-semblants. Àtravers une mosaïque d'émotions et d'expériences culturelles, elle a su conquérir le coeur de millions de lectrices qui ont aimé pleurer et rire avec elle. Et qui rêvent de changer de vie, elles aussi.Découvrez l'enquête exclusive du Figaro Madame.fr sur:
emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.
Alma Whittaker naît avec le XIXe siècle, à Philadelphie, d'un père anglais dont le talent de botaniste et la roublardise lui ont permis de faire fortune dans le commerce du quinquina et d'une mère qui tient de sa famille de l'Hortus Botanicus d'Amsterdam une formidable érudition ainsi qu'une rigueur toute hollandaise.
À leurs côtés et au contact des éminents chercheurs qui gravitent autour d'eux, Alma acquiert une intelligence éclectique et la passion de la botanique. En grandissant, elle se passionne pour les mousses puis pour Ambrose Pike, illustrateur de génie. Comme elle, il cherche à percer les secrets de l'univers mais, à la logique scientifique d'Alma, il préfère une pensée ésotérique ; un fossé qui les éloignera inexorablement et poussera enfin Alma à partir à la découverte du vaste monde. Alors que les terra incognita s'amenuisent de jour en jour, Alma explore les continents, la nature, la société dans laquelle elle vit et son propre corps - de l'infiniment grand à l'infiniment petit.
Des bas-fonds de Londres en passant par Philadelphie, Tahiti ou les cimes des Andes, Elizabeth Gilbert nous raconte le siècle kaléidoscopique qui voit jaillir l'esprit des Lumières. Sa plume est vive, insolente, savante et non dénuée de romantisme : à l'image de son héroïne.
COMME PAR MAGIE
DÉCOUVREZ VOS TALENTS CACHÉS
Depuis près de dix ans, des milliers de lecteurs de par le monde ont été inspirés et influencés par les livres d'Elizabeth Gilbert. Aujourd'hui, l'auteur puise dans son propre processus de création pour partager avec nous sa sagesse et son point de vue unique sur la créativité, et nous encourager à aller à la recherche de notre inspiration. Elle nous montre comment capturer ce que nous aimons le plus et comment tenir tête à ce qui nous fait peur ; évoque les attitudes, les approches et les habitudes dont nous avons besoin pour vivre notre vie de la façon la plus créative qui soit. Que nous souhaitions écrire un livre, relever de nouveaux défis professionnels, poursuivre un rêve trop longtemps mis de côté ou simplement insuffler un peu plus de passion dans notre quotidien, Comme par magie nous ouvre les portes d'un monde de merveille et de joie
At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love,
Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of
Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met.
Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other,
but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally
married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But
providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, who -
after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing -
gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe
would never be allowed to enter the country again.
effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by
delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to
discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal
reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.
The result is Committed - a witty and intelligent contemplation
of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that
sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous
fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood. Gilbert's
memoir - destined to become a cherished handbook for any thinking
person hovering on the verge of marriage - is ultimately a clear-eyed
celebration of love, with all the complexity and consequence that real
love, in the real world, actually entails.
At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his father, he lived alone in a teepee in the mountains. Everything he needed he built, grew or killed. He made his clothes from deer he killed and skinned before using their sinew as sewing thread.
But he didn't stop there. In the years that followed, he stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges. He travelled the Mississippi in a handmade wooden canoe; he walked the two-thousand-mile Appalachian Trail; he hiked across the German Alps in trainers; he scaled cliffs in New Zealand. One Christmas, he finished dinner with his family and promptly upped and left - to ride his horse across America. From South Carolina to the Pacific, with his little brother in tow, they dodged cars on the highways, ate road kill and slept on the hard ground.
Now, more than twenty years on, Eustace is still in the mountains, residing in a thousand-acre forest where he teaches survival skills and attempts to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature. But over time he has had to reconcile his ambitious dreams with the sobering realities of modernity.
Told with Elizabeth Gilbert's trademark wit and spirit, this is a fascinating, intimate portrait of an endlessly complicated man: a visionary, a narcissist, a brilliant but flawed modern hero. The Last American Man is an unforgettable adventure story of an irrepressible life lived to the extreme. The Last American Man is a New York Times Notable Book and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the fishing rights to the ocean waters between them. Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, the daughter of one of the greediest lobstermen in Maine. Eighteen years old, as smart as a whip, and irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the 'stern-men'. As the feud escalates, she helps work the lobster boats, brushes up on her profanity, and eventually falls for a handsome young lobsterman. A funny, sparkling novel of unlikely friendships and family ties, Stern Men captures a feisty American spirit through this unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness despite herself.
Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book.
The cowboys, strippers, labourers and magicians of Pilgrims are all on their way to being somewhere, or someone, else. Some are browbeaten and world-weary, others are deluded and naïve, yet all seek companionship as fiercely as they can. A tough East Coast girl dares a western cowboy to run off with her; a matronly bar owner falls in love with her nephew; an innocent teenager falls hopelessly for the local bully's sister.
These are tough heroes and heroines, hardened by their experiences, who struggle for their epiphanies. Yet hope is never far away and though they may act blindly, they always act bravely. Sharply drawn and tenderly observed, Pilgrims is filled with Gilbert's inimitable humour and warmth.
The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
Named a Hot Fall Read by USA Today, Vanity Fair, Newsday, O Magazine, the Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mashable, Pop Sugar, and the San Antonio Express-News
Named a Best Book of the Year by Brainpickings and Book Riot
"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” --PopSugar
From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
From the Hardcover edition.
Recently, Elizabeth Gilbert unpacked some boxes of family books that had been sitting in her mother's attic for decades. Among the old, dusty hardbacks was a book called At Home on the Range, written by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter. As Gilbert writes in her Foreword:
'I jumped up and dashed through the house to find my husband, so I could read parts of it to him: Listen to this! The humor! The insight! The sophistication! Then I followed him around the kitchen while he was making our dinner (lamb shanks), and I continued reading aloud as we ate... By the end of the night there were three of us sitting at that table. Gima had come to join us, and she was wonderful, and I was in love.'
The cookbook was far ahead of its time. In it, Potter espouses the importance of farmer's markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish and German), derides preservatives and culinary shortcuts and generally celebrates a devotion to epicurean adventures. Potter takes car trips out to Pennsylvania Dutch country to eat pickled pork products, and to the eastern shore of Maryland, where she learns to catch and prepare eels so delicious, she says, they must be 'devoured in a silence almost devout'.
Part scholar and part crusader for a more open food conversation than currently existed, it's not hard to see where Elizabeth Gilbert inherited both her love of food and her warm, infectious prose. At Home on the Range is a fascinating, humorous and useful cookbook from the past that is essential for the present day.
Finalist for the National Book Award 2002
In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity, acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of seventeen, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.
When it appeared in 1997, Elizabeth Gilbert’s story collection, Pilgrims, immediately announced her compelling voice, her comic touch, and her amazing ear for dialogue. “The heroes of Pilgrims . . . are everyday seekers” (Harper’s Bazaar)--brave and unforgettable, they are sure to strike a chord with fans old and new.
The "wonderful first novel about life, love, and lobster fishing" (USA Today) from the #1 bestselling writer
In 2000, Elizabeth Gilbert's Stern Men debuted to phenomenal critical attention. Now, Penguin is publishing a new edition of Gilbert's wise and charming novel for the millions of readers who devoured Eat, Pray, Love and remain hungry for more. Off the coast of Maine, Ruth Thomas is born into a feud fought for generations by two groups of local lobstermen over fishing rights for the waters that lie between their respective islands. At eighteen, she has returned from boarding school-smart as a whip, feisty, and irredeemably unromantic-determined to throw over her education and join the "stern men"working the lobster boats. Gilbert utterly captures the American spirit through an unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness-and love-despite herself.
The #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love--an intimate and erudite celebration of love.
At the end of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The couple swore eternal love, but also swore (as skittish divorce survivors) never to marry. However, providence intervened in the form of a U.S. government ultimatum: get married, or Felipe could never enter America again. Told with Gilbert's trademark humor and intelligence, this fascinating meditation on compatibility and fidelity chronicles Gilbert's complex and sometimes frightening journey into second marriage, and will enthrall the millions of readers who made Eat, Pray, Love a number one bestseller.
A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion-'the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls 'Anne Lamott's hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister') is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker-'a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction-'into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist-'but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe-'from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who-'born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution-'bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.