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
Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello
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 ...more
I really liked the first quarter of this book, and then I started to lose interest. My opinion will be in the minority, I’m sure, but it just didn’t work for me. Bummed.
As a born and bred Mississippian and feminist who was practically raised on Jello in its myriad forms - and is thrilled by its presence in little old lady salads on my rare trips home - I eagerly anticipated this book.
I was incredibly disappointed.
This could have been an engaging and successful essay in Vanity Fair complete with family photos. This did not need to be a book.
I normally check books out of the Brooklyn library to save money. I actually bought a hardcover copy because the author h ...more
This contains very little about Jello but does include every gory detail about the author’s grandmother and mother suffering through cancer, turning this into the saddest book ever. DNF
Many thanks to Little Brown and Company for my free copy of JELL-O GIRLS by Allie Rowbottom - all opinions are my own.
This is such a complex and fascinating memoir. Yes, it’s about Jell-O, but it’s so much more! The book covers three main topics: the history of the company including how it was founded, the plethora of health issues that ravaged Rowbottom’s family, and of course, the Jell-O curse! Jell-O was purchased in 1899 for $450 then sold twenty years later for $67 million dollars. This lef ...more
So tedious. The bits about Jell-o and American culture were interesting and there were moments of good writing in here, but most of the book is a memoir written by a third person about nothing much. Then the latter part is a memoir about nothing but normal rich people problems.
Many of the early reviews of The Jell-O Girls describe it as a feminist book. I wish I could see it that way, but I don't. There are several stories here fighting for attention in The Jell-O Girls. The one that takes up the most space is that of the author, her mother, and her grandmother, all heirs to the Jell-O fortune. In addition to the triple biography, there's the company history of Jell-O and the social history of how Jell-O was received and how it has been used and adapted over the years ...more