Spotlight on Idaho authors

“Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It,”
“Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It,”

“Gary Learns to Skate” and “Gary Learns to Fish” by Carol M. Green (Parma) and illustrated by Margaret Marie Olson; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ($9.95)

Gary is a little boy who loves to learn new things. Sometimes learning is very hard, but Gary never gives up. In this series, his awesome aunts help him to skate and then to fish. The author, Carol, is a grandma. She likes writing, running and publishing books with her grandchildren. The illustrator, Margaret, was 6 and 7 years old when she wrote these books.

“Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It,” essays by various authors (including Lettie Stratton of Boise); Riverhead Books ($16)

In the 10 years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly 50 of those readers—people as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background — share their stories. The journeys they recount are transformative — sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring.

“Eat Pray Love” helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. A man leaves seminary, embraces his sexual identity, and forges a new relationship with God. A woman goes to divinity school and grapples with doubt and belief. Boise writer Lettie Stratton’s search for the perfect pizza leads her to New Zealand and off-the-grid homesteading, while another, in overcoming an eating disorder, redefines her relationship not only with food but with herself. Some writers face down devastating illness and crippling fears, and others step out of their old lives to fulfill long-held dreams of singing, acting, writing, teaching, and learning.