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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

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Publisher's Summary

At the end of her best-selling 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 were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.)

But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States 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, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.

Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks, and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert's memoir is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

©2010 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2010 Penguin

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    Jerry 02-03-17
    Jerry 02-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Title Does Not Tell the Whole Story..."

    A casual study in comparative religion, sociology, and companionship. Could be required reading for persons wishing to create a long-term relationship. It is a wonderfully human, and tender account of two adults more interested in building than destroying. The story drew me in and owned me till Gilbert was done with me. I call it a "must read."

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    Public name 11-29-16
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    "charmingly written overview of Western marriage"

    A must read for everyone considering marriage, divorce, or remaining single. A thoughtful answer to "who invented marriage?"

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    Tam Parnegg 09-15-16
    Tam Parnegg 09-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoughtful and insightful"

    This book is particularly interesting in light of her now divorce. She has some yummy insights into the unique mysteries of primary relationships. I love the way she writes. If you ever wanted to contemplate relationships for real this is really great.

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    Nick L. 09-09-16
    Nick L. 09-09-16
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    "Liz Gilbert on marriage, skepticism, and compromise"

    Liz Gilbert's warm, empathetic voice (both written and spoken in this audiobook) guide the reader through a journey of discover. Absolutely beautiful and gripping.

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    Shelley Lapkoff Berkeley, CA United States 09-02-16
    Shelley Lapkoff Berkeley, CA United States 09-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Deep dive into the institution of marriage"

    Highly recommended to anyone with ambivalence or skepticism about marriage.

    I love the author's voice. I felt cozy around the proverbial campfire.

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    Lydia 09-01-16
    Lydia 09-01-16
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    "Enjoyable and leads to reflection"

    Gilbert uses a good balance of her research on marriage and her personal story to convey insightful lessons about relationships.

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    broadwaybaby Litchfield County 07-31-16
    broadwaybaby Litchfield County 07-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "so being, intelligent and ultimately hopeful historical and personal perspective on marriage."

    Elizabeth Gilbert surprises a bit with Committed. In parts it reads like a history of matrimony, and just when you tire of the professorial, she brings us back to the personal.

    Reading this felt like spending time in a much needed candid, cozy conversation with my best friend. I learned a great deal, but mostly came away felling comfortable in my own racing thoughts about happily ever after.

    The author reads herself and she's terrific.

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    chuck Paso Robles, CA United States 07-15-16
    chuck Paso Robles, CA United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring! "

    This is the third E.G. book I've read/listened to and was disappointed. It seems that she over-intellectualized a fairly uneventful fiance visa application process. The story felt invented, created, not completely honest. While she describes herself as a wanderer, she quite abruptly created a stable, singular existence. I just don't buy that this story is genuine.

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    shamus b. woltz 07-13-16
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    "The epitome of overthinking it."

    A nice history of marriage but she really did some soul searching. I wonder if she'll write book 3 that discusses her recent divorce to Philippe.

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cautiously Optimistic"

    Some points I agreed with, it is certainly a good read to spark the conversation on being married and committed.

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