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Julia's Child: A Novel Paperback – January 31, 2012
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"Pinneo skewers the cult of the child with an insider's eye. A witty, well-plotted fiction debut."
Peppered with real recipes and the kind of convincing details expected from a food writer. [A] foodie take on I Don't Know How She Does It.
Pinneo, a cookbook author who used to work on Wall Street, has seamlessly blended her two interests into this cute fiction debut. Well written, well paced, and very absorbing.
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I had a lot of fun reading this debut from Sarah Pinneo. Julia was such a great character, sometimes a little uptight and one-minded, but all for good reason. I sometimes feel like her - being twisted in so many directions and trying to be an entrepreneur and keep my head above water - and I don't have a husband or kids! I give her many kudos for what she was trying to achieve. I have to say, I think my favorite character was actually Julia's husband, Luke. It's so common now to read books where the husband eventually leaves or is caught with the nanny. Luke was a true man, a loving husband, and a wonderful father. The little boys made a great addition to the book as well.
The ending had me a bit befuddled. The last few chapters felt a bit rushed to me, and I kept having to Google terms so I could understand what was happening to Julia and her business. It would have been nice if some of the corporate terms were explained a bit so I knew more of what was going on, but that was really my only issue with the book. This is a strong debut from Pinneo, and I'll be sure to read more from her. Even if you are not a mom, I think this book should go on your to-read list - it's a good one!
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You'll root for Julia as she struggles to realize her dream, wish Marta were your best friend, and maybe crush just a little on her husband Luke. More than anything, though, you'll recognize her as she struggles to balance her love for her family with her professional goals. Whether Foodie Mom or SUV Suburbanite, there's a little bit of Julia in all of us.
Julia Bailey has a whole lot on her plate. Not only is she a New York City mom and wife, she is also running a floundering business, Julia’s Child, an organic food line for toddlers. She works long days concocting healthy, but appealing meals for children, while attempting to get her line into some big time stores such as Whole Foods, but can’t seem to catch a break, or make a profit. Then, by chance, she gets to appear on a popular talk show, and things start looking up for her struggling business. Can she juggle all of her responsibilities and keep her head? Can she finally succeed enough in business to stop draining the savings account? This debut novel takes us into the mind and heart of an every day mother just trying to make her place in the world.
First off, I’m incredibly impressed that this is Pinneo’s debut novel. The writing is really great and the author seems like a seasoned pro. Additionally, I thought this was a pretty unique story. It takes the typical “busy mom living in the city” story and turns it on its head. I can’t say I’ve ever read anything else that features an organic toddler food line and I think it was so cool that she added this element in to make for something unique. So, I liked that a lot… and now I want some muffets.
I also really liked Julia herself. She was a really sympathetic character and I found myself rooting for her the whole way. I felt terrible knowing that her business wasn’t doing well, and I felt elated when she got several “big breaks.” I admired her spirit and tenacity, most of all.
My one complaint with the novel was the pacing for me. At times, I felt it was a little bit slow and not very exciting. I do understand why that is, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good writing, a realist plot, characters I could connect with, and issues I care about ... all come together to make a very nice read.Published 18 months ago by Will read for fun
I enjoyed some of the aspects of this book such as the main character's struggle to create a viable business while keeping her family life in tact. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by R. O'Brien
Great fun read filled with witty insights about life and especially about being a mother. I can't wait to try the recipes sprinkled among the story.Published on October 7, 2012 by Mary S.
I admit, I reaceived this book for free from the publisher ]won in a contest] BUT I entered the contest because I had heard great things about the book. I was NOT disappointed. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Wordfarmer andFamily
To start my review for Julia's Child, I will state that at first it took me a little while to get into the book. Read more
I really enjoyed this book. As a mom of a small child, a worker outside the home, and a person concerned about the environment, a lot of the themes of the book resonated with me. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by julie
A fast, fun, and timely read about Julia, a young mother attempting to bring a line of organic food for children to the marketplace -- while raising her two children, running an... Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by K Britton
I so like Miss Pinneo's novel, for the following reason. It beautifully defines and portrays a particular moment in history, when (after so many years of neglect) American women of... Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Nick Bunker
Julia Bailey is a stay-at-home Mom who takes the topic of her children's nutrition quite seriously, but her kids are slow to get the point and frequently pose comical and crazy... Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by Viviane Crystal