Her first book, a collection of short stories called Pilgrims, received the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. It was followed by a novel, Stern Men, and The Last American Man, her biography of Eustace Conway.
Much of her writing has been optioned by Hollywood. Her GQ memoir about her bartending years became the Disney movie Coyote Ugly. According to Variety, "Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir Eat, Pray, Love and will develop it as a star vehicle for Julia Roberts."
For The Week she named her six favorite books. The first book on her list:
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Dover, $5).Read about another book on Gilbert's list.
I divided my six favorite books into six genres, to make the choosing somewhat tidier. So we shall begin with fiction—and my favorite novel. David Copperfield was Dickens’ own favorite among his novels—no better recommendation than that!
David Copperfield also made Wesley Stace's top 10 list of "books about children aimed at adults."