Wednesday, October 28, 2009

waiting on wednesday: cleaving by julie powell

Waiting on Wednesday is a new semi-regular feature at nomadreader. Jill at Breaking the Spine hosts this weekly event encouraging book bloggers take Wednesdays to feature an upcoming book they're excited about.

Title: Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession
Author: Julie Powell
What else has she written: Julie and Julia, which was a summer hit starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
Pages: 320
Publication date: December 1, 2009

I read and loved Julie and Julia when it first came out, which was before this lovely blog existed, so I'll share my thoughts on it now too. To be truthful, I didn't read it when it first came out because I bought it for my grandmother, who loves to cook, for Christmas. I read it shortly thereafter and instantly regretted the gift. Julie and Julia was not a simple, sweet account of a young woman in a small apartment trying to cook Julia Child's recipes. It was a raw, beautifully honest portrayal of life in New York City shortly after September 11th, a young marriage, and the frustrations of everyday life when you realize your dreams may not be attainable. It was about food, but it was more about life than food. Most importantly, I adored Powell's writing. Her honesty, style and life moved me. I loved the book, and I recommended it to everyone under forty, whether or not they liked to cook or eat. (Although I found the movie a little bland, despite the brilliant performances of almost everyone, it is appropriate for all ages). I hoped Julie Powell would put pen to paper again, and it's finally happened. I' m sure this book doesn't need the help of book bloggers and ARCs will likely be nonexistant, but I already have this book on hold at the library, and I can't wait to read it.


  1. me tooo. i loved julie and julia.

  2. Yes! I loved both the book and the movie of Julie and Julia and am very excited for her new book Cleaving. Can't wait for your review!


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