Wednesday was an exciting evening. The UrbanMoms Online Book Club met to discuss our first book, Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert. We’d met a month earlier to set up the book club parameters (how often to meet, what types of books to choose, who would host, what types of wine and cheeses would be served…the important stuff!) and most of us had made it out last month to hear the author in conversation with Heather Reisman discussing Committed.
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I found this book honest and truthful. Having been married for 28 years I agree with the fear of a committment for a woman in todays society.You do need to give a part of yourself away to make a marriage work. To do that you must know yourself. While we are growing together we find sometimes that we are not who we thought we were.I would love to read anything by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I couldn’t finish the book… at first, the facts were interesting and certainly the story of US customs was entertaining. But after that bit, I found myself procrastinating over reading more of the book.
It did make me think of marriage in a new way for a few days. Then life (and marriage!) got busy. I would maybe give Eat, Pray, Love a chance… only if I can get it from the library!
Emma W says
I am reading Eat. Pray Love right now and I am surprised to be enjoying it. I am a bit of a book snob and whenm y friend said it was the kind of book any of could write given her resources I thought I would give it a try. She is a good writer and I like her humour but the truth is I find her bit sad — always looking, grasping for some kind of answers. Obviously, I liked the Eat part best… Though I appreciate her honesty and like Jen said, I think we would be friends if we met in real life..
I am NOt going to read Committed. I’ve had enough…
I read and enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love. Although I didn’t love everything about it I found it compelling and interesting and read it in less than a week. I adored “Liz” when we went to see her speak and felt a kinship with her self-deprecating humour and genuine concern for people. I knew we would be friends if we were ever to get the chance and I picked up Committed with extra zeal knowing Liz and I were pals (at least in my mind!).
But, unfortunately, I found the book painful. I actually tried to find ways to avoid reading it and had to force myself through the pages. In my opinion this book was just plain boring. Liz’s wonderful insight and humour were not present in this book and I found myself wondering on many occasions, “what’s the point?” The facts were interesting but there were far too many. Plus, spewing data with no real point to make is like reading a text book and that is how this felt to me.
I know I was in the minority because most found at least something in the book they enjoyed. I did agree that we don’t think enough about what our expectations are for marriage before we enter into it but this I got more from hearing Liz speak than from reading the book.
I can count on one hand the number of books I have picked up and never managed to finish but, in my busy life when time is gold, I gave up on Committed.
Great review, very thorough, balanced and provocative!
This is a great book, but you you do have go into it with an open mind, willing to learn a little, and challenge your own views. I think the hardest part about this book, is that you expect it to be similar to Eat Pray Love. It isn’t at all. Different voice altogether. When I went to see the author, I was expecting her to be funny & articulate (she was), a little judgemental (she wasn’t at all) and maybe even a little cold (exactly the opposite, she’s warm and loving). She is a women who has figured out how to be happy. This is always a good thing, even if it wouldn’t make us happy! Not sure about her next book — I hear it’s about gardening! Not sure I could make it through a long book about vegetables & flowers.
Overall I would recommend that every woman read this book. It is eye opening, and while you may not agree with everything that Elizabeth Gilbert has written, it definitely gives you a lot of consider. You will look at both your marriage and marriage on a whole much differently after you have finished this book.
I like your post!
I just wrote a post titled “Book Club” and one of my readers commented about being a part of an online book club. I told her that I would not have the time to participate because I’m already reading for my book club, but your idea seems to be perfect for her.
I read Eat, Pray, Love, and liked it. It was a little long here and there, but the author seemed to be a person that I would like. One of my book club members said she’d like to have those experiences, but I reminded her that she was miserable and that misery is what led her to travel. I pass on all misery. 🙂
I’m not familiar with “Commited.”
Best wishes to your group!