It is not the star power of Julia Roberts and the soon released motion picture “Eat Pray Love” that has spurred the ubiquity of the book in the hands of almost every woman on most lines of transportation in San Francisco. No “Eat Pray Love” has been a favorite of Muni/Bart riders for quite some time. My theory is that while reading this story of a mid life crisis leading to new worlds, new loves, and a greatly improved life (not to mention income), that women on their way to work are able to escape the soon to be monotonous eight-ten hours of work facing them and think to themselves for a good 45 minutes that it takes to go less than 7 miles…. What IF I traveled and created a new life for myself??
The infinite possibilities leave every reader of “Eat, Pray, Love” happily amused until their train hits an abrupt stop and they realize that they must file out and head to work.