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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Jell-O Girls: A Family History Reviews
Allie Rowbottom is not part of the Jello family and her perspective is through the eyes of her mother who has no blood relation to the Woodward family that founded the Jello company.
This book is an utter phenomenon. You will start it and be unable to put it down. What Rowbottom accomplishes here is seamless: heartbreaking confession and cultural history, exacting personal observation and important feminist text for our times.
This is less about the history of Jello and the struggles of feminism and more about the many woes of a wealthy and destructive family. Blaming all misfortune on a "curse" and the patriarchy came across as dull and self indulgent. I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. I had to skim the last 50+ pages. The writing was repetitive and lacked self awareness. No recommendation from me.
I was 3/4 done and it was just too depressing. I couldn’t finish.
This is a DNF for me. I wanted to like the book but I struggled to stay engaged. The story wandered all over the place and I lost interest in trying to discern the central point. Thank you for the ARC.
The book contains shocking, often poetic, imagery to describe the anguish that the author, her mother, and her grandmother endured due to the constraining culture of a "Jell-O" family. But here's the problem: what works as poetry, works less well when writing a memoir/autobiography, because events, locations, descriptions need to be accurate. There are a lot of things here that are inaccurate, begging the question: what really is true? Because I live in LeRoy (the setting for this book), there i ...more
Listened to this well-written (and well-narrated) memoir on audible. The author is a "Jell-O heir" though the family has long since divested their ownership. There is a lot going on here because this covers the stories of the author, her mother Mary, and her grandmother Midge. It starts with Midge and oh my gosh I wanted so much more of her! What a fascinating woman. The author also weaves some of Jell-O's history throughout, which is a nice addition. I forgot how it became such a dieter's food. ...more
After reading the Jell-O Girls, I think the author and her mother were victims of what is known as a self fulfilling prophecy.
The author's mother, Mary, was told about a curse that befell the men in the family. Naturally, when bad things happened to her, she became convinced it was due to the curse.
Not because she was surrounded by predatory men and perverts. Not because she was too afraid to speak up and acknowledge her muteness and lack of initiative.
We all make mistakes. We're human. No sha ...more