Friday, January 28, 2011

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert-Paperback Release

Great News!! For those of you who loved Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller Eat, Pray, Love or saw the recent movie this post is for you. Penguin Books will be releasing Committed, the follow-up story to Eat, Pray, Love on February 1, 2011.  

To celebrate this release,  Penguin is donating a copy of Committed to one lucky reader of my blog. So, first the information about the book.

Here is the information from Penguin Books:
Elizabeth Gilbert’s COMMITTED: A Love Story debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list when it was published by Viking in January of 2010 and was also a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller. On February 1st, Penguin Books will release the book in paperback. 

COMMITTED begins where Gilbert’s # 1 New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love ended—just after she fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who’d been living in Bali 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 were skittish divorce survivors.)  But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, which—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. 

Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Elizabeth and Felipe spent the next ten months wandering haphazardly across Asia , traveling with limited resources and waiting for word from their immigration lawyer as their case languished in bureaucratic uncertainty.  Gilbert used this time to ponder the subject of romantic commitment, interviewing everyone from housewives in Vietnam and Thailand to family members and friends, and looking closely at how the institution of marriage has evolved to reflect our social needs and how it is so often intertwined with religion, politics, class, and money. 

COMMITTED tells the story of one woman’s efforts to make peace with marriage before she enters its estate once more.  Told with Gilbert’s trademark wit, intelligence, and compassion, it frankly discusses issues of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, tradition, economic realities, divorce risks, and social expectations.  Myths are debunked; fears are unthreaded; historical perspective is found; and romantic fantasies are ultimately exchanged for vital emotional compromises.  In the end, Gilbert’s book is a clear-eyed celebration of the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

About the Author
ELIZABETH GILBERT is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction.  Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book.  Her 2002 book The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award.   Since its initial publication in January 2006, her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love has sold over 8 million copies and been published in forty languages.  A film adaptation of the book came out this past August from Columbia Pictures with an all star cast: Julia Roberts as Gilbert, Javier Bardem as Felipe, James Franco as David, Billy Crudup as her ex-husband and Richard Jenkins as Richard from Texas.  In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

The author's website:

Book Giveaway Details:
Contest runs from January 28-Feb 14, 2011...just in time for Valentine's Day.

1. To be entered you must be a follower on my sidebar Google Reader, and post a comment on this post about either book or the author, Eat, Pray, Love or Committed.

2. Blog or Twitter about this contest and leave a link to the post in the comments.  (2 additional chances) 

3. Leave a comment about your special love or love story or Valentine wish. (2 additional chances)

Open to Canada and US participants.

Disclosure: All copies for review and giveaway are free copies by Penguin Books. Any review or guest post is submitted with no monetary compensation. Opinions by the author of this blog are honest and truthful.

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ImageNations said...

In the end international readers like us are excluded. lol. This story reminds me of Jude the Obscure (1895) by Thomas Hardy, where Sue and Jude though lived together decided not to marry lest it taints their love. In the end the society that they lived in wouldn't accept it and things began to derail leading to a break down and a death. That novel is a treatise of marriage, social class and the institution of education.

Would have loved to have this but all this same I would look around later for it.

wisteria said...

Hi Nana...It's so nice that you follow my blog and I wish this was an international book giveaway. This is one of the publisher rules unfortunately. Your connection to Hardy's book is perceptive and thoughtful. I haven't read it in a long time, perhaps I should. Thanks for your comment as usual, it is appreciated. :) Wisteria

Kristen said...

I follow on GFC and I'd really love to read this book, as I just finished watching Eat, Pray, Love the movie TWICE (once was not enough!)

Jennifer said...

I am a GFC Follower (jennifer)

I saw the movie Eat Pray Love and really liked it. I am very curious to see how the story continues!

jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

Sandra K321 said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect. I'm glad there is a continuation to the original story to see whay happens to them.

Abhishek Duggal said...

I follow via GFC! I always look forward to ELIZABETH GILBERT's work because she knows how to keep her readers intrigued.

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

Sandra K321 said...

Valentines is a special day for me. My first son was born that day almost 19 years ago. My due date was February 10th, but I kept telling him to wait until the 14th. He actually listened to me. There was a storm the night before and a low pressure system had settled in. He was one of 10 babies born in our hospital that day (the nurses said it was because of the weather), 1 boy and 9 girls. The nurses got a kick out of that and put the babies in the nursery in a circle with our son in the center.
seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com +1

Sandra K321 said...

see story above +2

Unknown said...

I loved Eat Pray Love and would love to win this book, thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com
My sweetheart and I have been married for 20 years, we are celebrating Valentines Day in Atlanta.

Carol N Wong said...

I am a Goggle Friend Connect Follower. My special love is my second husband. I had a horrible first marriage and would like to compare my experiences and conclusions with the authors!!!


Carol N Wong said...

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Colleen Turner said...

I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner). While I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love yet I have heard such wonderful things about it that it is on my very large TBR shelf. The second book, Committed, sounds intriguing because of the concept that the author was in a committed relationship but the idea of getting married was so disturbing that they literally toured the world to avoid being forced to do it. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Colleen Turner said...

My husband is the love of my life! Even if he has to work on Valentine's Day he makes sure to do something special to make me feel important and loved. Last year he left a trail of chocolates that led to a few dozen roses. The most special thing about him is that he doesn't just show and tell me he loves me once a year on Valentine's Day but everyday in so many ways.

Post #1.

Colleen Turner said...

My husband is the love of my life! Even if he has to work on Valentine's Day he makes sure to do something special to make me feel important and loved. Last year he left a trail of chocolates that led to a few dozen roses. The most special thing about him is that he doesn't just show and tell me he loves me once a year on Valentine's Day but everyday in so many ways.

Post #2.

Clover said...

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me to check more often for new write ups. Keep posting!