Jell-O Girls

A Family History
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD38793
Released: Jul 24, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781549144769
Narrator/s: Allie Rowbottom
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A memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its facade—told by the inheritor of their stories. In 1899, Allie Rowbottom's great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege. But they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments. More than 100 years after that deal was struck, Allie's mother Mary was diagnosed with the same incurable cancer, a disease that had also claimed her own mother's life. Determined to combat what she had come to consider the "Jell-O curse" and her looming mortality, Mary began obsessively researching her family's past, determined to understand the origins of her illness and the impact on her life of Jell-O and the traditional American values the company championed. Before she died in 2015, Mary began to send Allie boxes of her research and notes, in the hope that her daughter might write what she could not. Jell-O Girls is the liberation of that story. A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, Jell-O Girls is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love, and loss. In crystalline prose Rowbottom considers the roots of trauma not only in her own family but in the American psyche as well, ultimately weaving a story that is deeply personal, as well as deeply connected to the collective female experience.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Allie Rowbottom
Narrator(s): Allie Rowbottom
Product Number Z100137911
Released: Jul 24, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
ISBN: #9781549144745
Author(s): Allie Rowbottom
Product Number EB00715728
Released: Jul 24, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316516075

Professional reviews

"Author and narrator Allie Rowbottom's family has enjoyed several generations of privilege due to an ancestor's purchase of the patent for Jell-O. Part memoir, part family history, Rowbottom's writings weave together a story that imparts how, along with benefiting from the riches gleaned from Jell-O sales, the family has suffered more than a century of pain and loss. Though the story is deeply personal, Rowbottom's performance is devoid of emotion. Even during the harrowing scenes depicting her mother's illnesses and cancer treatments Robottom gives a monotone delivery, leaving the listener feeling detached from the account. Overall, the audio production adds little to the text. A.L.S.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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