Saturday, 3 March 2012

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

This is not a very current book, but who says a book group needs to deal with current books? As we found with Jamrach's Menagerie, a new book often means no book group questions.  In our book group, we tend to try and read a mixture of books, of all ages - our last book was Jamrach (2011) and our next book is What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe is from the 1980s.  It's good to mix it up!



The book follows a year in the life of Julie Powell who has decided to make every dish in a recipe book written by Julia Child and to blog about her experiences along the way.  It's very charming, funny and at times sad and I heartily recommend it!

A quick search on the web has lead to the following book group questions:
  • Reading Group Guides - which has a section about the book as well as some quite detailed questions
  • Lit Lovers - A *lot* of reading before an interesting set of questions at the bottom
  • Barney's Book Blog - A nice brief set of questions - I think probably my favourite as it's kept nice and simple leaving the actually book group discussion to develop
So taking inspiration from the above questions, I've come up with the following:
  • Why do you think Julie starting the project and have you ever been inspired to do something similar?
  • What do you think about the "relationship" Julie and Julia had, and do you think it mattered that they never met?
  • What do you think about the other characters in the book and the support they offered to Julia?
  • How would you describe this book to others to get them to read it?
  • Did the book make you want to cook / start your own project and if so what?
There is also a film, Julie and Julia which is inspired by both the Julie Powell book and the Julia Child book My Life in France and this would make a great book group follow up activity.

I'll leave you with the trailer to Julie and Julia - if you haven't seen already - then it's an enjoyable watch.



Have you read this book? On your own or in a book group? Comment below and let us know what you think!

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