We Think You Should Read These 5 Elizabeth Gilbert Books Next

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While most people may be familiar with her breakout hit, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has built up quite the bibliography by now and even has a new book coming out very soon!

A prolific memoirist, fiction writer, and nonfiction writer, she can do it all! Elizabeth Gilbert's books are definitely worth a read! In this article, we included our favorite Elizabeth Gilbert books which, surprisingly, don't include Eat, Pray, Love because find her other works a lot stronger. My personal favorite is Big Magic, an unpretentious look on how to incorporate creativity into your life.

If you aren't very familiar with Elizabeth Gilbert's books, this is the perfect opportunity to read up on them!

1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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In Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert teaches us how to bring creativity into our lives. She destroys the notion that we must be tortured to be true artists and instead guides us to nurture the creativity we can draw from out everyday lives. "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."

Her approach to incorporating creativity into our lives is one of the best, most accessible I've seen, encouraging people to pursue and nurture their creative sides to live a wholly creative life no matter what stage you're at in the learning process. In Gilbert's words, "Shake yourself free of all your cumbersome ideas about what you require in order to become 'creatively legitimate'...You do not need a permission slip from the principal's office to live a creative life. Or if you do worry that you need a permission slip—THERE, I just gave it to you… Now go make something."

2. The Signature of All Things

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The novel, The Signature of All Things, is the story of the Whittaker family, spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A poor, Englishman named Henry Whittaker ended up earning a great deal of money in the South American quinine trade, ultimately making him the richest man in Philadelphia.

Henry's daughter Alma, born in 1800 becomes a botanist and researches the mysteries of evolution. She falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a man nearly her opposite. While she is the scientist, he is the artist, but together they have a deep desire to understand the ways in which the world works.

The Signature of All Things will take you on an adventure around the world, meeting a unique and unforgettable cast of characters: abolitionists, astronomers, missionaries, sea captains, and more.

3. The Last American Man

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In The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert tells the story of Eustace Conway, a man she is personally friends with. At age 17, Conway left his home in South Carolina and headed into the Appalachian Mountains. He lived in the wilderness for two decades, surviving off the animals he caught and using them to make his clothing. He believes Americans need to give up materialism and return to nature.

Conway is an interesting countercultural hero to read about; at just 103 days, he set the record for crossing the continent on horseback and was forced to fight for his life against a buck. Booklist says he "both enlightens and confounds all who know him," which feels an accurate summary of his character, a complicated yet interesting man with complicated views toward society.

4. Stern Men

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Stern Men is set in a small, working class island off the coast of Maine who are dependent on lobstering for survival. The island Ruth Thomas is from has a long-standing feud with a neighboring island's lobstermen over fishing rights for the water between them. Ruth, a fiesty, whip-smart eighteen year old comes home from boarding school, completely determined to join the men working on the lobster boats, letting nothing stand in her way.

5. City of Girls

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While City of Girls won't be available until June 4, 2019, it is undeniably a novel many are looking forward to, named a "Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Oprah.com, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, GoodReads, PureWow, Vulture, The Millions, and more." Set in the 1940s in the New York City theater world, it's told by an older woman looking back at her youth.

At 1940, Vivian Morris is kicked out of Vassar College thanks to her poor performance. She gets sent to live with Aunt Peg in Manhattan, a woman who owns an old theater called the Lily Playhouse. She fins herself thrust into a new world filled with "fun-chasing showgirls", a "sexy male actor," "a grand-dame actress," "a lady-killer writer," "and no-nonsense stage manager," each characters in their own right. But then Vivian ends up entangled in a professional scandal, one that eventually leads her to the sort of life she craves.

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