What do you recommend?

“Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir Light of the World. It’s so good, such a beautiful piece of thinking and writing. . . . And one book I hope will just ignite is Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun. It’s fabulous. I have a botany crush on her. Talk about being fearless in your creativity — she takes that leap from writing about botany to writing a full-on historical novel. It needs to be a movie. It’s so cinematic.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things and Big Magic

Gilbert appears at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center, 300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets $30, includes signed copy of Big Magic;