Jell-O Girls: A Family History

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 façade - 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 A A memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the...

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Title:Jell-O Girls: A Family History
Author:Allie Rowbottom
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316510610
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Jell-O Girls: A Family History Reviews

  • Stacey
    Dec 05, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

  • Mehrsa
    Aug 18, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

  • Cynthia
    Jun 28, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

  • Jen
    Sep 15, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

  • Jeanne
    Jul 04, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

  • Shirley Conley
    Aug 25, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

    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 legend...

    As a fan of food-related memoirs and food history in general, I was excited to read this book. Learning the fate of the Jell-o family seemed to be an interesting marketing angle for a memoir but... that's all it turned out to be, an angle. The author is a shirttail relative of the Jell...

    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...

    * 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-...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    May 14, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

  • Nancy
    Jun 30, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

  • Janday
    Jan 03, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

  • Jessica
    Aug 05, 2018

    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 h...

  • Leslie
    Jul 12, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

  • Becki
    Aug 06, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

    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 legend...

    As a fan of food-related memoirs and food history in general, I was excited to read this book. Learning the fate of the Jell-o family seemed to be an interesting marketing angle for a memoir but... that's all it turned out to be, an angle. The author is a shirttail relative of the Jell...

    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...

  • Sherrie
    Jul 26, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

  • Cathie
    Jul 01, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

  • KC
    Oct 17, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

    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 legend...

  • Lauren
    Jan 25, 2019

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

  • Elaine
    Aug 08, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

  • Tory
    May 29, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

  • Movies Silently
    Oct 09, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

    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 legend...

    As a fan of food-related memoirs and food history in general, I was excited to read this book. Learning the fate of the Jell-o family seemed to be an interesting marketing angle for a memoir but... that's all it turned out to be, an angle. The author is a shirttail relative of the Jell...

  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jul 24, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

  • Debbie Zapata
    Dec 24, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

  • Vara
    Aug 09, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

  • Erin Farmer
    Jul 27, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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
    Aug 28, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

  • Betsy Crawford
    Aug 06, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

  • Aja Gabel
    Jan 25, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

  • Donna Bailey
    Aug 13, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

  • Melissa
    Jun 13, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

  • Susan Mabry
    Feb 06, 2019

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

    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 legend...

    As a fan of food-related memoirs and food history in general, I was excited to read this book. Learning the fate of the Jell-o family seemed to be an interesting marketing angle for a memoir but... that's all it turned out to be, an angle. The author is a shirttail relative of the Jell...

    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...

    * 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-...

    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 cul...

    Not going to lie, this was a very tough book to listen to. Depressing, horrifying, and magnifying the oppression of women during the JELLO empire... i listened to it on CloudLibrary and Allie Rowbottom herself read it out loud. There was a lot of pain and suffering during these thr...

  • Chelsea Hodson
    Jun 03, 2018

    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 h...

    Food trends have always been of interest to me. Jell-O was a huge deal in the 50's with salads and savory aspics *shudder*. Rowbottom hits on Jell-O's humble beginnings and popularity through the decades. What really piqued my interest was the mysterious illnesses and the Jell-O curse....

    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, be...

    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 engag...

    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. ...

    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 despi...

    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 ...

    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 incl...

    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 grandmot...

    Saw this in the new book section of the library last week and since I had read an interesting excerpt recently, I decided to grab the book itself. The story tells the life of three women: the author's Grandmother Midge, the author's mother Mary, and the author herself. We learn how ...

    Smoothly written and highly readable--but also basically unbearable. Rowbottom mashes up a couple of topics here: the history of Jell-O (which her family bought the patent for early on), the various ways cultural pressures shape women's lives, and her particular family history of unhap...

    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....

    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 a...

    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...

    What the heck is going on here? This book is all over the place. I gave up. ...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    Ok book. Guess I was hoping for less misery and more jello ...

    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. ...

    Holy whoa did I enjoy this book. The author comes from "Jell-o money" and with it comes a curse that has supposedly plagued her family members and the town of LeRoy, NY since they bought Jell-o from its original inventor for $400 in 1899. Rowbottom seamlessly weaves together the histor...

    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 perso...

    A fascinating, generational biography/memior of three heiresses and their individual interpretations of their family "curse." Rowbottom covers feminism, family drama, and the fate of sick girls in the hands of a patriarchal medical system. For fans of sweeping family stories, repressed...

    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. ...

    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 legend...

    As a fan of food-related memoirs and food history in general, I was excited to read this book. Learning the fate of the Jell-o family seemed to be an interesting marketing angle for a memoir but... that's all it turned out to be, an angle. The author is a shirttail relative of the Jell...

    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...

    * 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-...

    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 cul...