2009: 37. Julie & Julia

“At seven o’clock on a dreary evening in the Left Bank Julia began roasting pigeons for the second time in her life.”

Julie & Julia, Julie Powell

So, in case you don’t know - and given that the book is being made into a full scale big budget Meryl Streep starring film this summer, you probably do - this is the true story of Julie Powell, whose life was in a rut.  Lost, she decided, on a whim basically, to cook her way through Julia Child’s cookbook - and to blog about her adventures.  This book is the story of that experience and how it changed her life (which it obviously did, since they are now making a movie about it!).  So, here is what I liked about the book.  I LOVE the project. I am really into the idea of taking on a crazy project when your life is in a rut (I totally tried to push this idea on my his life is in a rut brother, to no avail) - I think that something like that, as ridiculous as the actual project might be can really jump start your perspective on things.  I wish I had the energy to take on something like this and to do it and capture that is totally cool.  PLUS Julie was one of the first to do it, so that she got to get famous from it.  So good on her.  Also, Julie is a good writer - she manages to capture the frustrations of the project and to carry us along with her, which I also liked.  My complaint would be that I found myself more interested in the project than in her writing about the project.  Which is to say, part of me felt like I might prefer reading the blog than reading her book about the blog.  But, you know, I could do that too - I’m sure it’s still out there, if I wanted to read it.  And they aren’t going to publish a book that’s just a retread of something that is available on the internet for free, so I understand why it was done the way it was - it’s just that I think her project was super, super interesting, and how that project changed her life much more mundane. 

Date/Place Completed:  March 2009; D.C.

Categories:  Non-Fiction; Library

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