I admire Ms Gilbert's approach to the subject. This book is a carefully considered confessional-
And I guess I should stop right there: anyone who saw 'Eat, Love, Pray' as 'self-indulgent' or 'crap on every level', keep moving. There's really nothing for you here.
So this book is about the author approaching her second marriage, and while she does, while she's mired in all the post-9/11 complications of marrying a 'foreigner', she provides some pretty fascinating insight into the history of marriage, how it's perceived in various parts of the world, while throwing into the mix the specifics of her own experiences (and those of her parents, specifically). The result is an satisfying read...for those open to the examination. (And I do have to add that if you like her writing style...because she's written for so many men's magazines, I suppose you could put it under that banner...then the subject matter will be received well by you. While if you're not a fan of how she writes, then once again, keep moving.)
I was especially touched by how she was able to relate some of the more personal elements of her investigation. For example, this:
"She was happy because she had a partner, and because they were building something together, and because she believed deeply in what they were building and because it amazed her to be included in such an undertaking."
This is not a groundbreaking book. It is, in its own way, a 'beach book'; not too much substance, not too much fluff...but stirring enough to have you gazing out at the water, having been sent off on your own examinations.