Big magic : creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert.

Offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. Asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering and shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. Gilbert discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live o...

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Main Author: Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969-
Published: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
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Review by Booklist Review

For anyone who has ever dreamed of writing a novel, painting a still life, sculpting a statue, or choreographing a dance but hasn't done so, Gilbert has just one question: What's stopping you? Doubt, denial, demands: you name it, the obstacles are many. The world is teeming with people who have a creative passion yet never pursue it. For Gilbert, the best-selling author of the surprise hit Eat Pray Love (2006), such dithering was never part of the equation. As early as she can recall, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Wanting and doing can be two very different things, however, and Gilbert has not been immune to the reality of having to earn a living versus the dream of pursing a freely creative life. As bright, breezy, and conversational in tone as a long, heart-to-heart talk with one's most supportive friend, Gilbert's wise and motivating book of encouragement and advice will induce readers not only to follow specific artistic dreams but also to live life more creatively, fully, and contentedly.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Like her previous memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, Gilbert reads for the audio edition of her latest, which explores her creativity and life as a writer. Gilbert sounds appropriately playful, making the most of the book's many humorous moments, but she's also capable of serious turns, such as when she describes some artists' tortured and self-destructive methods of creation. Her performance mirrors the advice she gives in the book itself that an artist should be a "disciplined half-ass": determined to show up every day and make the most of whatever gifts are on offer from the universe, but lighthearted enough to avoid attaching one's self-esteem to the reception of one's work. Overall, Gilbert's performance feels like an intimate tête-à-tête with a wise friend. A Riverhead hardcover. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Best known for her blockbuster memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert here shares her insight and joy about living a creative life. Short chapters cover the subjects of courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. The author asks listeners to embrace their curiosity and demonstrates how to tackle what they most love, while facing their fears. She also discusses the attitudes and habits essential to living a creative life. Gilbert is blunt and straightforward, but her commitment to creativity is unquestionably enthusiastic. She provides wonderful guidance on how listeners can overcome their doubts and find the creative spark within. Gilbert reads her own work capably. Expect readers to swarm the craft, music, art, and writing sections of your library looking for this book. -VERDICT Recommended for self-help collections. ["Gilbert serves as a most enthusiastic and empathetic coach for readers who want more out of life": LJ 7/15 starred review of the Riverhead hc.]-J. Sara Paulk, Houston Cty. P.L., Perry, GA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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