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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Paperback)

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Big Magic is a sweeping manifesto heralding the power of inspiration and intuition, of creativity's force in human hearts and mind. Elizabeth Gilbert's wit and wisdom is so unpretentious, so unique to her, so relatable yet inspirational, that--in a sea of how-to and "fix your life" shticks--Big Magic is beyond refreshing. The Creative Living of which Gilbert writes isn't exclusive to professional artists--or even "artists" at all. Are you interested in becoming more receptive to the inspired, un-jaded side of yourself? Open Big Magic. Are you an artist interested in cutting out your (obnoxious, by the way) "tortured artist" act and creating your work joyfully? Open Big Magic. Gilbert is realistic about her convictions, and candid about her failings and doubts; her delightful personality shines so brightly in this marvelously meaningful book.

— Julia

Part memoir, part pep talk, this is one of the most thoughtful and useful books about creativity I've ever read. Gilbert doesn't give out practical advice so much as suggest an attitude of toward one's own creative work: If you want to make things on a regular basis--novels, pretty aprons, pewter buttons--make time to make them on a regular basis.
And: Your art won't necessarily improve in proportion to the amount of misery you suffer to create it.
And: Curiosity can be more reliable than passion when it comes to finding inspiration.
With this book Gilbert has helped me reconsider the way I approach my own work, and for that I thank her

— Cat

October 2015 Indie Next List

“In her latest book, Gilbert will completely change the way you think about the creative process. Whether the medium is a canvas, a pastry, a garden, or a page, everyone has a creative genius, but not everyone is brave enough to recognize it within themselves. In Big Magic, Gilbert advocates for the magical and divine creative muse that is ultimately a gift to both the creator and the audience. In doing so, she dispels the myth that an artist must suffer for his or her craft, affirms the paths of those who have already allowed their creative geniuses to have a voice within their lives, and inspires those who thought they needed to be completely free of their fear in order to begin.”
— Tamara Michelson (W), Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA


The perfect gift for Mother's Day

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious." --PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you've dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert's short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review. From the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594634727
ISBN-10: 1594634726
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: September 27th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English


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