5 Books Elizabeth Gilbert Reads for Inspiration

Even our creativity gurus can use a little help unearthing their "strange jewels."

Books Elizabeth Gilbert reads

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In her most recent book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert muses about creativity and its deep roots within human existence. She identifies creativity as the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration, or, in other words: “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living.”

The author of Eat, Pray, Love does a deep dive into her own process and others’, all the while pinpointing those things that may keep us from bringing forth our treasures—things like fear, or a lack of trust or persistence. Dotted throughout Big Magic are stories of other creatives who took leaps of faith, got past writer’s block, or gave themselves permission to endeavor a project that was off their well-worn path.

Here, Elizabeth Gilbert shares the five books she returns to when she needs a boost of creative inspiration or unbridled joy. Whatever your artistic pursuit, read them and allow yourself to discover your own strange jewels, just itching to be unearthed.


Author Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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