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The Resource Jell-O girls : a family history, by Allie Rowbottom, (text large print)

Jell-O girls : a family history, by Allie Rowbottom, (text large print)

Label
Jell-O girls : a family history
Title
Jell-O girls
Title remainder
a family history
Statement of responsibility
by Allie Rowbottom
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 and deeply connected to the collective female experience."--Dust jacket
Member of
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rowbottom, Allie
Dewey number
929.20973
Index
no index present
LC call number
CS71
LC item number
.W91 2018b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Woodward family
  • Rowbottom, Allie
  • Fussell, Mary
  • Jell-O Company
  • Food industry and trade
  • Gelatin industry
  • Wealth
  • Cancer
  • Conversion disorder
  • Mothers and daughters
Target audience
adult
Label
Jell-O girls : a family history, by Allie Rowbottom, (text large print)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
385 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432854140
Lccn
2018026870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • on1047731672
  • (OCoLC)1047731672
Label
Jell-O girls : a family history, by Allie Rowbottom, (text large print)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
385 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432854140
Lccn
2018026870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • on1047731672
  • (OCoLC)1047731672

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