In the decade since the publication of Eat Pray Love, Gilbert's #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, people worldwide have sought further advice from her on how to lead a bold and creative life. Her TED talk about creativity has nearly 10 million views, making it one of the most viewed TED talks of all time.
Out of this decade of investigating the source of creativity and courage in her own life, Gilbert has now written a nonfiction treatise on creativity, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, in which she digs deep into her own generative process to explain where inspiration comes from, how ideas form and grow, and how to overcome the fears and suffering that inevitably arise when we push at boundaries and take a leap into the unknown.
Gilbert 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. Whether you are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in your work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse your everyday life with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder.
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, Lovef 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.