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Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child | [Bob Spitz]

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.
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Publisher's Summary

The definitive biography of Julia Child - with access to Julia's diaries and letters - written by the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Beatles and timed to Julia's 100th birthday.

From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world, and altered the way America eats and thinks of food. There might not be a Food Network or even a PBS if Julia had not blazed the trail.

Spitz chronicles Julia's friendships, her struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and of course, the story of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career. A thorough, surprising, affectionate, and extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life.

©2012 Bob Spitz (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    ArtC 09-04-12
    ArtC 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

    Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!

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    "slow but interesting"
    What did you like best about Dearie? What did you like least?

    The details are interesting, but the going is slow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I find Paul and her relationship with him extremely interesting.


    Did Kimberly Farr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't think she had quite the right character of voice to do Julia justice. She was a little too modulated and didn't capture a very wide variety of personalities. But it didn't ruin the experience for me, like a truly bad narrator or recording can.


    Did Dearie inspire you to do anything?

    lt spurred me to look up pics of young Julia and Paul on the internet.


    Any additional comments?

    it took me a really long time to get through it, but on the other-hand was a great fall-to-sleep book, which i always need one of in my library.

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    D. stanley 10-01-12
    D. stanley 10-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dearie is a winner in my eyes"

    Well read and a captivating story. I learned a lot about Julia Child and even more about Paul Child.

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    DEBORAH 10-01-12
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    "great book"
    Where does Dearie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top of my list for biographies


    What did you like best about this story?

    the mention of so many other people that Julia new and worked with


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    THis is my first time listening to her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dearie


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is excelent

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    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 10-01-12
    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Atticus

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    This is a wonderful story! The reader is excellent. The story is excellent. I was not hungry listening, but was inspired to try to enjoy cooking (something that is a rarity for me). I read/listen to 100's of audible books, but never write a review. "Dearie" is just darling. It is so inspiring to understand that she did not become "Julia Child" until later in life. Get through the first part (it's a bit slow but necessary in understanding Julia), once you get to Paris, say goodbye to everyone and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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    J. L. Sands 10-15-12
    J. L. Sands 10-15-12
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    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading this book because I have a lot of Julia Child cookbooks and I have learned a lot from them. However, I am very disappointed that this book is so political. I never realized what a Liberal Julia Child was and the book would have been better if it had kept her political views out and that it had stuck to cooking. After what I have learned about Julia, I no longer view her so highly. She was a great cook but a dumbbell in other respects.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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