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Jell-O Girls: A Family History

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 faade - 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 champi...

Title : Jell-O Girls: A Family History
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ISBN : 9780316510615
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 pages
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Jell-O Girls: A Family History Reviews

  • Erin Farmer

    Do not recommend. I love a good family drama, but this was snoozeville. This is the actual story of the Jell-O dynasty apparently. The women are "cursed." ZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZzzz The author also did the narration and nearly put me to sleep. If you read this one, I don't recommend the audio.

  • Lucinda

    Why do I keep reading these miserable books? Poor little rich girls, the family "curse", the horrors of Jell-O, and on and on. Maybe the family curse was not jello and money, but mental illness. Drugs, impersonal sex, anorexia,and various other self destructive behaviors are more personality disorders than a "curse' because of a family fortune. Get out of your own head and do something for someone else! Ugh! And I am sorry, but I do not think Jell-O was responsible for keeping women in the home. ...more

  • KC

    Jell-O, the jiggly vibrant treat has been a staple in homes throughout the country for centuries, but behind the "wholesome" family dessert lies a patriarchal legacy. In Allie Rowbottom's autobiography, she discovers and then uncovers the empires true colors and the effects this legendary brand had on her grandmother Midge and mother Mary. Was Rowbottom destined for the same fate? An outstanding look at fame, fortune and family. I was pleasantly surprised and equally amazed by this story.

  • Becki

    The books was SO misleading. Yes she does write her family history and yes their family has ties to Jell-O's beginnings but it was SUCH a dreary, poor read. Was expecting more indepth history of Jell-O and how it tied to the family. She basically tries to tie every unhappy woman in her family to a curse of Jell-O against women and their happiness and success etc. I feel for some of the things they go through but MOST of the book never ties back into Jell-O though she periodically touches base wi ...more

  • Jeanne

    I read this ARC and was just expecting a family history. It is so very much more. I was stunned reading about all the ways women are silenced. Not in a violent way but through history it has become so subtle and insidious. I've always felt I'm a strong woman but I even could see ways that I have been swayed just in making me believe I was needing to change. Very interesting read. I'm aware of the history of women but to read the subtleness of advertisements, see how the association of "you're ju ...more

  • Betsy Crawford

    I have been on the waiting list to read this book for a while so I was very excited to take it with me to the beach. What a complete disappointment! This is such a load of self-indulgent bull$ht. Do not waste your time.

  • Tory

    Okay, so supposedly there's this curse on the family that owns the Jell-O copyright. Creepy! The men in the family all die because of...well, money? Like, they marry gold-diggers and then end up broke and commit suicide. Alrighty, sounds like less of a curse than just poor choices, but okay. Except the mother of the author of this book decides that SHE is going to be the first WOMAN that the curse affects. She's got a bad feeling about it or something. And then she gets cancer! A lot of cancer! ...more

  • Melissa

    Jell-O Girls AKA The Patriarchy Is terrible Even If You're A Rich White Lady

    I was expecting either the dark underbelly to the wholesome Jell-O company or some great family drama about the creators of Jell-O, but what I got was the story of three woman who came into Jell-O money despite not ever having anything to really do with the company. Also, they were miserable because the patriarchy is terrible. The first woman had kids and didn't find motherhood rewarding. She then dies early. Her daughte
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