Has a book ever fallen into your hands just when you needed to read it? Five years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, was that book for me. It found me at a time when I was no more certain about my future than I was about the weather and it told me exactly what I needed to hear.
That book turned me into a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan…although cyber-stalker might be a more accurate description. From the moment I turned the last page, I wanted more of Gilbert’s wit and inspiration. So I tuned in when she appeared on Oprah, I watched her TED speech on YouTube, I scoured every corner of her website; I even visited her Frenchtown, N.J. furniture store, Two Buttons, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. So you can imagine my excitement when Zoellner Arts Center announced that she was coming to Lehigh Valley as part of its Notations Lecture Series. Let’s just say I would’ve knocked down old ladies to get tickets. (Fortunately, I didn’t have to.)