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Passionate “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert gives marriage a second try in “Committed”

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Few who read “Eat, Pray, Love” could forget the scene where Elizabeth Gilbert, sobbing on the bathroom floor, gives up on the life of home, marriage and babies. It is the precursor for the entire autobiographical story of the year she spent in Italy, India and Indonesia on a journey through comfort food, the restoration of her soul and, ultimately, love.

I don’t want to be married anymore.

I was trying so hard not to know this, but the truth kept insisting itself to me.

I don’t want to be married anymore. I don’t want to live in this big house. I don’t want to have a baby…

In daylight hours, I refused that tought, but at night it would consume me. What a catastrophe. How could I be such a criminal jerk as to proceed this deep into a marriage, only to leave it?

I don’t want to be married anymore.

Now, Elizabeth Gilbert is married. Her book is being made into a movie with Julia Roberts (due out this August), and Gilbert has written a followup to “Eat, Pray, Love” in “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage” (Viking, $26.95). Released this week, it has two primary questions to answer: One, is the book as satisfying a read as “Eat, Pray, Love,” and two, will it sell like the first book did?

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