Elizabeth Gilbert holding computer tablet that says, "Attraversiamo!"

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the hit memoir Eat, Pray, Love, chose the Italian verb "attraversiamo."

"It means 'let's cross over,' and it's actually kind of just a modest, regular word that people use when they're crossing the street," Elizabeth said. "But I heard it for the first time when I was in Italy, and it just spoke to me, and I thought, 'This is the word for invitation, for transformation, for change, for courage,' and it's the last word of my book Eat, Pray, Love. I wanted to end it there on the idea of crossing over from the old into the new, which is what I'm always trying to do."