Thorndike Press

JELL-O Girls: A Family History

  • Allie Rowbottom
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  • ISBN-10: 1432854143
  • ISBN-13: 9781432854140
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 386 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2018
  • Simultaneous Publications

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Overview

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.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“The renown of Jell-O will attract a variety of readers, and the storytelling will keep them turning pages to the very end.”

— Library Journal (starred)