Monday, July 11, 2016
GILROY DISPATCH -- In June 2015 she found a post on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook page. The author was holding an essay contest, requesting submissions from her readers detailing how “Eat, Pray, Love” influenced their lives. Rhinehart submitted her entry just before the July deadline. “It was definitely pinned in my mind as one of these things that I’d be stupid not to do,” Rhinehart says. Especially when you consider that the contest announcement coincided with Rhinehart’s graduation from San Francisco State with a Master’s degree in Communication Studies. “I thought back and went, ‘You lit the match. You sparked all of this with this book, lady.’” Three months later, Rhinehart received an email from Riverhead Books announcing that she’d been selected for the anthology. In April, the 10th anniversary of “Eat, Pray, Love’s” original release, “Eat, Pray, Love, Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir,” containing Rhinehart’s essay, was released.