EPL is a superficial book which reinforces the old stereotypes of the confused, wayward, yet ever adventurous American soul. Liz is in the presumable search to "find herself"; she is wont to display grandiose gestures of saving the world through individual acts of alleged kindness. But in reality, she is someone obliviously conducting an Orientalist romp through the Old World, engaging in an exercise of mockery and condescension while completely unaware of the realities around her. Although Liz is earnest, forthcoming, and honest about communicating the inner workings of her mind, her naïveté is downright embarrassing. Liz is to spirituality, for example, what Sarah Palin is to politics. That is to say, opinionated, verbose, windy and full of meaningless pyscho-babble.