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Committed : a skeptic makes peace with marriage
Gilbert, Elizabeth
Adult Nonfiction HQ834 .G48 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gilbert's sequel to the megabestselling Eat, Pray, Love is a serious, sincere, yet ultimately tedious slog of a listen. Debating whether or not to marry her boyfriend, the author embarks on a one-year study of marriage's evolution, cultural variations, pitfalls, and pleasures. It's earnest and heartfelt, but there's no story. Gilbert's encapsulations of her research cannot sustain the reader's interest, and her forays into amateur anthropology in Southeast Asia are crude and uncharitable: she vacillates between tropes of the happy savage and crowing that the Hmong women she interviews will never know her level of education, health, and agency. But these considerable flaws belong to the material alone; Gilbert's reading is unimpeachable. Her voice is low, warm, slightly hoarse; her attitude is confiding and self-deprecating, and her charm does much in making the book's less palatable sections go down easily. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 23). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Readers of Gilbert's best-selling Eat, Pray, Love will remember Felipe. Despite their commitment, they are reluctant to marry, but Felipe is unable to enter the United States unless they tie the knot. Gilbert spends a year studying and thinking about marriage in all its varieties, telling her story in a revealing, vibrant voice. [Audio, LJ 5/1/10] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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