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The Resource Jell-O girls : a family history, Allie Rowbottom

Jell-O girls : a family history, Allie Rowbottom

Label
Jell-O girls : a family history
Title
Jell-O girls
Title remainder
a family history
Statement of responsibility
Allie Rowbottom
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its 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 American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege - but they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments. More than 100 years after that deal was struck, Allie's mother Mary was diagnosed with the same incurable cancer, a disease that had also claimed her own mother's life. Determined to combat what she had come to consider the "Jell-O curse" and her looming mortality, Mary began obsessively researching her family's past, determined to understand the origins of her illness and the impact on her life of Jell-O and the traditional American values the company championed. Before she died in 2015, Mary began to send Allie boxes of her research and notes, in the hope that her daughter might write what she could not. JELL-O GIRLS is the liberation of that story. A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, JELL-O GIRLS is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love and loss. In crystalline prose Rowbottom considers the roots of trauma not only in her own family, but in the American psyche as well, ultimately weaving a story that is deeply personal, as well as deeply connected to the collective female experience
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rowbottom, Allie
Dewey number
929.20973
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT275.R7975
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rowbottom, Allie
  • Woodward family
  • Jell-O Company
  • General Foods Corporation
  • Family-owned business enterprises
  • Food industry and trade
Label
Jell-O girls : a family history, Allie Rowbottom
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky291815217
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780316510615
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
bl2018100750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Jell-O girls : a family history, Allie Rowbottom
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky291815217
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780316510615
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
bl2018100750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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