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Wine & Book Group Pick for January 2008

abstract:For January we thought you'd enjoy reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (Viking 2007), the runaway bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Facing a difficult divorce and a punishing affair, the New York journalist decides to escape her personal hardship by traveling to Italy then India, finally ending up in Bali. At once funny and profound, Gilbert's self-indulgent journey can be your guilty pleasure this month, along with fine wines picked by our partners at Women & Wine. Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights and will star Julia Roberts, according to


December 29, 2007

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  • About the Author

    I always balk at popular memoirs but was intrigued by the fact that Gilbert has received critical acclaim for her first three books. Born in Connecticut in 1961 and educated in Political Science from New York University, she then began a self-imposed tutorial in life, taking odd jobs, which she describes as her MFA.

    When a piece submitted to Esquire Magazine was accepted, she became the first unpublished author since Norman Mailer (publicists love to draw these quaint analogies), which led to a stream of other notable magazine publications in GQ, Spin, the New York Times Magazine, and Travel + Leisure.

    Her first book Pilgrims (Houghton-Mifflin 1997), a collection of short stories, received the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. This was followed by her novel The Last American Man (Houghton-Mifflin 2000), selected by the New York Times as a "Notable Book" and was also a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Eat, Pray, Love (Viking, 2006) made the New York Times best seller list of non-fiction in the spring of 2006.

    Wine Selections

    Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    When reading a book set in beautiful places one should accompany the experience with superlative wines. Brunellos are one of my favorites. Smooth and sometimes expensive, this is a drink for special occasions. It is made from the Sangiovese grape. Prugnolo can be blended with small amounts of Canaiolo and/or Mammolo. When good, it can combine the depth and backbone of a Brunello di Montalcino with the finesse of a fine Chianti.

    Previous Wine & Book Picks

  • November Madonna:Like an Icon,
  • October Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, set in New England
  • August On Chesil Beach, set in England
  • July The Last Chinese Chef, set in Shanghai
  • June The Birth House, set in Nova Scotia
  • May Water for Elephants, set in Depression-era America
  • March-April Snowflower and the Secret Fan, set in China
  • February Cloudstreet, set in Perth, Australia
  • January The Good German, set in Berlin
  • December The Historian, set in Eastern Europe
  • November One Good Turn, set in Edinburgh
  • September Lost in the Forest, set in Napa Valley
  • August The Hummingbird's Daughter, set in Mexico
  • July The Devil Wears Prada, set in NYC
  • June Woolf in Ceylon, set in Ceylon
  • May Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, Australia
  • April The Mermaid Chair, set in South Carolina
  • March Memoirs of a Geisha, set in Japan
  • February Get a Life, set in South Africa
  • January In the Shadow of the Wind, set in Barcelona
  • December Pride and Prejudice, set in England
  • November Beyond Measure, set in Renaissance Italy
  • October Breakfast at Tiffany's, set in New York


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