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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

  • Shirley Conley

    * This was the worst. Ungrateful and self-destructive rich people. The documentation of the terrible suffering and death of the author’s mother was so depressing. It was bad enough that the author went through this experience but to document it gross! Was she trying to say that Jell-O caused the deaths in the story? ...more

  • Elaine

    After reading Jell-O Girls: A Family History, 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
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  • Lloyd

    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.

  • Elisa

    Ugh. I thought a book about Jello would be fun, but this is not fun at all. It's unrelenting misery and sickness, the cute cover is not accurate at all. Oh right, you can't judge a book by its cover.

  • Chelsea Hodson

    I loved this book. I wouldn’t typically reach for a “family history,” but this is one of those books that transcends its genre and becomes an utterly alive, surprising, poetic, and singular story that only Allie Rowbottom could write. This is a book for anyone who rejects the cultural standards they’re instructed to uphold, and instead set out to write their own stories.

  • Cathie

    I was looking forward to this read about the history of jell-o for my food writing blog. However, my expectations were cut short as I began to read. This is more of a memoir about a family stricken with illness in its many forms. It was a bit too depressing for me.

    There are bits about jell-o: marketing efforts including the Crosby scandal, and where jell-o has and is today, for example, in the hospital setting. There's always jell-o on the menu...

    I wasn’t expecting a huge portion of the book to
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  • Wendy

    I grew up in the 60s and 70s and Jell-O was a big part of my life. All I knew about Jell-O is that it was a fun and colorful sugary treat. Dinners were always better with Jell-O on the side. My grandma used to put black cherries in the black cherry jello and it was magical. And then there was that Hawaiian fruit salad using Jell-O and Cool Whip I made for Girl Scouts...super healthy, right? Totally 1970s. By the time Bill Cosby was on the scene, I was over Jell-O.

    Of course, now I know better--th
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  • Joanne  Clarke Gunter

    I thought this would be a book about the history of Jell-O and there is a smattering of that, but it really is a memoir filled with way too much whining about life with the blame for bad decisions and misfortune placed on family money from some sort of Jell-O money "curse". I don't like whining and don't believe in "curses" so I didn't like this book much.