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An Audiobook, You’ll be Glad You Checked Out: I’m Glad My Mom Died

1 Mar

My children are fans of Jennette McCurdy in her various Nickelodeon roles (roles she despised), so it was perhaps inevitable that I would listen to her biography, I’m Glad My Mom Died.  

Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to not listen to this book with my kids, because, watch out, as the title implies, this book is dark.  Like pitch-black dark.  It’s really a remarkable tale of Jennette’s abuse at the hands of a family member (her mom) and the erosion of her own identity to fulfill her mother’s wishes.  And the hits keep coming!  When you think, “this is terrible,” another thing comes along and you’re like “this is more terrible.”  And that happens from the beginning to the end of this book!  

I listened and didn’t read this book which I feel is the appropriate format because Jennette narrates her own tale.  I think if you are triggered by familial abuse you may want to either steer clear of this book or read it, that may make it more palatable.  Ultimately, this is a tale of recovery, because Jennette has been doing the work to get better.  This book is Exhibit A. 

Written by:
James Cox
Special Collections Manager 

A Rare Life Well Done: Picture Books and Juvenile Biographies about Julia Child

20 Apr

Last month I had fun helping my son research Julia Child for a Women’s History Month Project (he came up with the title for this post).  He picked her due to his interest in baking and his love of online cooking competition shows.  Julia Child continues her popularity as reflected in the new cooking competition, The Julia Child Challenge, and the dramedy, Julia, which just began airing.  I wanted to share a few of the books we checked out from BCCLS libraries for you to enjoy with your own novice chefs.

Born Hungry: Julia Child becomes “The French Chef”
by Alex Prud’homme

Born Hungry follows Julia on her journey in Paris from a curious foodie to a chef who shared her love of French Cooking with the world.  It is written by Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography, My Life in France, a great choice for adult fans.

Bon Appetit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child
by Jessie Hartland

Children can learn about how Julia Child went from being a girl in Pasadena, California, to becoming a spy in WWII, to writing the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking and becoming a beloved TV icon.  This was my son’s, who loves graphic novels and mangas, favorite with the panel style formatting.          

Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures
by Erin Hagar

Another charming illustrated biography, this one features more realistic and less stylized illustrations of Julia’s life. 

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
by Susanna Reich

Although this sweet picture book includes biographical information about Child, the true charm comes from the sweet story of Julia’s Parisian kitty companion, Minette. 

Julia, Child
by Kyo Maclear

This fun picture book features a fictional story about Julia Child during her girlhood having culinary escapades with her best friend Simca (based on Child’s friend, French Cookbook author Simone Beck).

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

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