To most people, Elizabeth Gilbert is the globetrotting, best-selling author of "Eat, Pray, Love." But in Frenchtown, N.J., she's known as a co-owner and occasional salesclerk at Two Buttons Imports, an import company that sells exotic wares, antiques and curios from South Asia.
Long before "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert began contemplating the solo journey that would change her life and create a literary blockbuster, June Meineke was dreaming of taking a trip around the world.
For a woman about to be played on the big screen by Julia Roberts and hoping millions of fans embrace the sequel to her best-selling memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," Elizabeth Gilbert is comfortably laid-back and unfazed.
For those of us who won't be spending our holidays somewhere warm and wonderful, the next best thing to jetting to St. Barts, Miami, or Cabo is getting lost in a book that takes you there. Herewith, ten tomes that offer tropical settings and enough sun-drenched drama to make Jay-Z's yacht look boring. The only thing you'll miss is a tan.