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    Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (CD-Audio) By (author) Bob Spitz, Read by Kimberly Farr

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    DescriptionIt's rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It's even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that's exactly what Julia Child did. The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years. Now, in Bob Spitz's definitive, wonderfully affectionate biography, the Julia we know and love comes vividly -- and surprisingly -- to life. In "Dearie," Spitz employs the same skill he brought to his best-selling, critically acclaimed book "The Beatles," ""providing a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time -- a woman known to all, yet known by only a few. At its heart, "Dearie" is a story about a woman's search for her own unique expression. Julia Child was a directionless, gawky young woman who ran off halfway around the world to join a spy agency during World War II. She eventually settled in Paris, where she learned to cook and collaborated on the writing of what would become "Mastering the Art of French Cooking, " a book that changed the food culture of America. She was already fifty when "The French Chef" went on the air -- at a time in our history when women weren't making those leaps. Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today; her marriage to Paul Child formed a decades-long love story that was romantic, touching, and quite extraordinary. A fearless, ambitious, supremely confident woman, Julia took on all the pretensions that embellished tony French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for everything that has happened since in American cooking, from TV dinners and Big Macs to sea urchin foam and the Food Channel. Julia Child's story, however, is more than the tale of a talented woman and her sumptuous craft. It is also a saga of America's coming of age and growing sophistication, from the Depression Era to the turbulent sixties and the excesses of the eighties to the greening of the American kitchen. Julia had an effect on and was equally affected by the baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the start of the women's liberation movement. On the centenary of her birth, Julia finally gets the biography she richly deserves. An in-depth, intimate narrative, full of fresh information and insights, "Dearie" is an entertaining, all-out adventure story of one of our most fascinating and beloved figures. "From the Hardcover edition."


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    Title
    Dearie
    Subtitle
    The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bob Spitz, Read by Kimberly Farr
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Number of pages: 20
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 58 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780449012871
    ISBN 10: 0449012875
    Classifications

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    DC21: 641.5092
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    DC22: 641.5092
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO029000
    LC classification: TX649.C47 S65 2012B
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Publication date
    07 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    BOB SPITZ is the award-winning author of "The Beatles, " a "New York Times" bestseller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented the careers of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including "The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, " and "O, The Oprah Magazine, " among others.
    Review quote
    " " "A biography perfectly suited to its subject -- as lively, fascinating, and singular as Julia Child herself." -Daniel Okrent, author of "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" "It's a revelation." - Lev Grossman, "Time Magazine" "Spitz captures another side of [Julia's] complex personality: her fierce diligence in mastering the science as well as the art of cooking through detailed experimentation and her concern to translate the preparation of complex French recipes for readers in America . . . An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status." - "Kirkus Review" (starred) "A rollicking biography that captures the vision, pluck and contagious exuberance that were the essence of Julia Child" - "People Magazine " "In this affectionate and entertaining tribute to the witty, down-to-earth, bumptious, and passionate host of The French Chef, Spitz (The Beatles) exhaustively chronicles Child's life and career from her childhood in California through her social butterfly flitting at Smith and her work for a Pasadena department store to her stint in government service, her marriage to Paul Child, and her rise to become America's food darling with the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her many television shows. . . Released to coincide with Child's centenary, Spitz's delightful biography succeeds in being as big as its subject." - "Publishers Weekly" (starred) "The most engaging celebrity biography we've read in years . . . Spitz manages to convey the vigor, curiosity, confidence and booming voice of a truly "remarkable" woman as if she is sitting at the kitchen table with you. . . Spitz is a fantastic writer." - "LA Weekly " "A much-appreciated, well timed gift to us all . . . Julia has never been more alive in the hearts and minds of those who grew up with her and drank her dreams." - "The Huffington Post " "In what is by far the most substantial new book on Chi