People Who Kick Buts: Elizabeth Gilbert
Stop wearing a wishbone where your backbone oughta be.
- Born July 18, 1969.
- She is best known for her 2006 memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010, has spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was also made into a film by the same name in 2010.
- Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. Her father was a chemical engineer, her mother a nurse.
Along with her only sister, novelist and historian Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Gilbert grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm in Litchfield, Connecticut.
The family lived in the country with no neighbors, and they didn’t own a TV or even a record player.
Consequently, they all read a great deal, and Gilbert and her sister entertained themselves by writing little books and plays.
- Gilbert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from New York University in 1991, after which she worked as a cook, a waitress, and a magazine employee.
- Esquire published Gilbert’s short story “Pilgrims” in 1993, under the headline, “The Debut of an American Writer”. She was the first unpublished short story writer to debut in Esquire since Norman Mailer.
This led to steady work as a journalist for a variety of national magazines including, SPIN, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Real Simple, and Travel + Leisure.
As stated in the memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert made a career as a highly-paid freelance writer.