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Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession | [Julie Powell]

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs--tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.
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Publisher's Summary

Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do - until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, Cleaving.

Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs - tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.

The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world - from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.

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©2009 Julie Powell; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Ruth Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada 12-09-09
    Ruth Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada 12-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Boldly written and read"

    A story for humans. We aren't perfect, we do have faults, well, at least most of us.Chick lit isn't my usual read, but this one was a great choice. The author's reading was great, her voice is not that of a professional reader, but that just makes it more real.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 12-22-09
    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 12-22-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Not worth it!"

    The only thing that redeemed this book was that it was read by the author. After reading Julie and Julia I knew the author was a little crass but this book should never have been published. I feel terrible for her husband and even for her lover that their lives have been laid bare before the world. Despite lots of statements to the contrary I don't think the author knows who she is yet and it is sad to read of someone who is so adrift. The story is not worth your credits!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Blair TX 01-15-10
    M. Blair TX 01-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow"

    I loved this book. It's VERY different from Julie & Julia, a much darker and real book. Julie shares the realities of a very difficult time in her marriage and not many people would be so honest and open about their own shortcomings. I hope Julie Powell will continue to write. She has a real gift for laughing at herself, even in the worst of times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Springville, UT, USA 12-27-09
    David Springville, UT, USA 12-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "kind of sad"

    Cleaving isn't like the first book. It's mostly about the author's obsessive love affair. She isn't so likeable any more. She seems to wallow in cheating on her husband. Yes, the book is written well but a lot of yuck. Yuck being her obsession with butchering meat and her obsession with cheating on her hubby. Really, this was kind of a downer. Not what I look for in the books I read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia UK 02-02-10
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    "Wanted to love it...."

    I didn't like the affair and marriage troubles being broadcast so loudly through the book. I loved the butchery parts of the book but I could not get past the rest. She did a great job reading though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Summer Marietta, GA, United States 01-03-10
    Summer Marietta, GA, United States 01-03-10
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    "We've been duped..."

    I thought her first novel was very cute and enjoyed it. Now, after having listened to her new book, I find out they pushed back the release date of the book so that audiences would continue to see the Julie and Julia movie......this Julie is nothing like the sweet and zany Julie in the first book. She is whiny, self-indulgent and without morals.....SAVE YOUR CREDIT! Oh...and it also feels a bit like she tried to make this book a new version of Eat Pray Love (which is FANTASTIC)......she didn't succeed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 01-02-10
    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 01-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting Read/Listen"

    Many of the reviews were very helpful to me. Julie Powell as the narrator, she did a good job. Heck it was her own story so I wouldn't of wanted some other narrator to do it.
    It did take some really great courage for her to write about this/these experiences.
    She was very honest and I give her credit for it, but I think she has come off very arrogant and selfish, by wanting her cake and eating it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 08-19-10
    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't Let the Title Fool You"

    While I don't think it is as good as the first novel, I still found it unable to put this book down. There are some troubling things about the main character personally, but don't we all. I loved her continuing goal setting and zest for life. The chronicles of her adventures also makes this book a must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Ladera Ranch, CA, United States 02-13-10
    Lori Ladera Ranch, CA, United States 02-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much sex"

    I just really don't care about her affair - get back to the food!

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    Jeffrey bossier city, LA, United States 12-22-09
    Jeffrey bossier city, LA, United States 12-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Cleaving"

    Writer/narrerator amits..no shouts she is a low class slut she has a fairly intresting 1st half but when you realize that she won't die... its all down hill. writen in a diary style that leads to the readers hope of an early suisde disappointingbeta inappVoteInfo

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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