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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Cooper’

Eat, Pray, Cancellation

9780143038412H.jpgNews broke today that Michael Cooper–the writer Elizabeth Gilbert divorced at the beginning of her bestselling Eat, Pray, Love–will not publish his own memoir with Hyperion.

Hyperion confirmed the cancellation with Page Six. Cooper is currently seeking other publishers for his manuscript, entitled Displaced. We wrote about the deal last year–Cooper hoped to tell the other side of the story in his own memoir.

Here’s more from the article: “Cooper told Page Six he finished the manuscript, but parted ways because of Hyperion’s ‘eleventh-hour demands’ to make it more racy. ‘I set out to write about how, in the wake of a devastating and unexpected divorce, I slowly rebuilt my life by redoubling my already decades-long commitment to humanitarian relief and human rights work. In the end, it seemed to me that Hyperion hoped to push the book in a more controversial direction.’” (Via Publishers Weekly)

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Elizabeth Gilbert Gets “Committed”

9780143038412H.jpgViking has announced that they will print one million copies of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir follow-up to the bestselling “Eat, Pray, Love.” Scheduled for a January release, the memoir will be entitled, “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage.”

According to the NY Times, the book “recounts how she came to marry the Brazilian-born Australian lover she met in Indonesia” over the course of her previous memoir. The article also explores Gilbert’s struggle to write the book, a long process that included a one-year extension from Viking publisher Paul Slovak. In the Fall, Michael Cooper, Gilbert’s ex-husband, will publish a memoir about his side of their divorce.

Here’s more from the profile: “She identified the problem as a clash of two voices: one, ‘an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ hangover,’–the chatty, witty tone that earned Ms. Gilbert her good reviews and loyal fans–and the other, ‘more sober and considered and confident and mature.’ After taking six months off, Ms. Gilbert decided she could write again, this time in what she believed was a more authentic voice.” (Via Publishers Weekly)

Eat, Pray, Rehash

9780143038412H.jpgHyperion will publish a memoir that tells the other side of the story behind the memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love“—a literary response scheduled for a fall 2010 release.

According to Publishers Weekly, Michael Cooper sold “Displaced” to Hyperion’s Brenda Copeland. The book’s auction was handled by William Morris Endeavor agent, Rebecca Oliver. Cooper’s ex-wife, Elizabeth Gilbert, wrote “Eat, Pray, Love” about how she recovered from their divorce.

Here’s more from the post: “Cooper offers the flip side of her tale—his account of overcoming the divorce and embarking on his own world journey. According to Hyperion, he goes on a ‘search for purpose’ that leads him through the Middle East and other developing countries.”