The Audio Book Club on Eat, Pray, Love.

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Feb. 7 2008 1:13 PM

The Audio Book Club on Eat, Pray, Love

Our critics discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's blockbuster memoir.

To listen to the Slate Audio Book Club discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, click the arrow on the player below.

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Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

This month, the Audio Book Club presents a heated discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, which Katie Roiphe described as a "transcendently great beach book" in her July 2007 Slate review.

"Dilettante" columnist Stephen Metcalf, NYU professor Roiphe, and Slate culture editor Julia Turner argued about the book's artistic merits, its structure, and whether it's possible to even imagine a man enjoying the book. Is Gilbert merely a "high-level hack"? Are negative responses to the book evidence of the tendency to dismiss women who write memoirs as "self-indulgent"? The conversation runs about 55 minutes.

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If you'd like to get an early start on the next book-club selection, we've chosen All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren, one of the greatest political novels in American literature. We'll post the discussion in early March, so you have some time to read—or reread—the book.

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Questions? Comments? Write to us at podcasts@slate.com. (E-mailers may be quoted by name unless they request otherwise.)

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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