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Across the country, women are getting together to talk about Liz Gilbert's book by having Eat, Pray, Love parties. Carrie says she was panicking about turning 39 but decided to have an Eat, Pray, Love theme to celebrate her birthday. "Make it a book party, feast, celebration, life lesson, shared with some of my favorite women," she says. Carrie gathered her friends, ages 65 to 25, to talk about the book that has touched them all. "The one thing people kept on saying, it was almost like a book on tape but written, because we could hear [Liz's] voice throughout," Carrie says.
Liz says she attributes her voice to a piece of advice her sister gave her years ago. "She said never sit down and write anything unless you know exactly who you're telling your story to. Bring that person into the room with you and talk directly to that person, because if you try to talk to everybody, you're talking to nobody." Liz says she kept that in mind while writing Eat, Pray, Love. "It sounds like I'm talking to a friend, because I am," she says.