Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert

After nearly swearing off marriage, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love took three years to explore the real meaning of an evolving institution before committing to it

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Author Elizabeth Gilbert

In 2006, author Elizabeth Gilbert chronicled her rocky divorce and subsequent journey around the world in the wildly popular memoir Eat, Pray, Love — a book that has sold millions of copies, is being made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and ended with Gilbert falling in love with a Brazilian man whom she later married. Now, after spending three years researching the institution of marriage — and scrapping her first, 500-page draft — Gilbert has published Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. She spoke with TIME about the real cost of getting married young, her feelings on prenuptial agreements...

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