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Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.
The memoir Eat, Pray, Love turned author Elizabeth Gilbert into a phenomenon. Now, she turns again to fiction with The Signature of All Things, a novel that reviewer Lizzie Skurnick calls "one of the best of the year."
This week's fiction ranges from Robert Harris' take on Cicero's year as leader of Rome, to Louise Erdrich's twisted story of a marriage, to Walter Mosley's second Leonid McGill detective novel. In nonfiction, Elizabeth Gilbert gets Committed, and Michael Lewis probes The Big Short.
After a trip around the world to mend her broken heart, writer Elizabeth Gilbert found herself happily involved with a Brazilian man she vowed never to marry. The problem? As she writes in her new book, Committed, the only way to get him into the United States was to agree to exchange vows.
This week, Anne Tyler's new novel explores one man's rudderless existence, and Elizabeth Gilbert offers an older and wiser follow-up to Eat Pray Love. Also, a narrative of life in North Korea, and in Summertime, J.M. Coetzee offers a fictional biography of the author ... J.M. Coetzee.
Jane Ciabattari says that Elizabeth Gilbert's new memoir, Committed, retains the winning voice of her hugely successful Eat, Pray, Love while mapping the author's wavering conviction to avoid marriage at all costs.
So what if it's pure literary estrogen? Author David Sax says Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love the best comeback story he's ever read. Sure, Gilbert's memoir is often dismissed as a beach read for unhappy housewives, but Sax says the haters are missing the point.
When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gets time to read, she likes to escape reality. This summer, the former Texas education lobbyist is reading books that take her from the wilds of North Dakota to ashrams in India and islands in Indonesia.
Commentator Elizabeth Gilbert, who is the author of the new book Eat, Pray, Love, recalls a trip to Naples, Italy that helped restore her love of pleasure after a painful divorce.