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Book Club: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell 2008-11-14 08:30:54

Buzz Book Club: Julie and Julia, Section One

Hey Buzz Book Club readers! Welcome back! I hope you were able to round up a copy of Julie and Julia to read along with me. I'm liking what I'm reading so far, but I have a couple questions on my mind about the first section that I'm looking forward to discussing with you.

First, here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in November). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Read from the chapter titled "The Law of Diminishing Returns" through "The Proof Is in the Plumbing" (stop before the one titled "Sweet Smell of Failure"). We'll chat about this section a week from today, Nov. 21.

To discuss the first section of Julie and Julia, in which we read from the start of the book until the end of the chapter titled "Disaster/Dinner Party, Dinner Party/Disaster: A Study in Duality" (so, just before "The Law of Diminishing Returns" begins),


  1. First of all, I'm finding myself with an insane and irrepressible craving for French cuisine since starting this book. How about you? Have you actually sought out French food (or attempted any of the recipes yourself)?
  2. I really admire Julie's dedication to taking on a ridiculous project and convincing herself to stick with it even in the worst circumstances. It seems like when I've tried to do such things in my own down time (write in a journal every night, take a picture every day for a year, etc.), I give up easily. Have you ever taken on a project like this? And did you see it through to the end, or did you put it aside part of the way through?
  3. That said, I'm a little fuzzy on Julie's motivations for starting the project. It's like her husband suggested blogging and pretty soon it was an all-consuming lifestyle choice. Do you understand why she's doing the project? Is it just to shake up her normal, boring 9-to-5 routine?
  4. How are you feeling about the italicized interludes about Julia Child's life? I thought I would like them, but so far I'm finding myself skimming them. I guess at this point I'm more interested in Julie's own reactions to the project than I am in how her life might relate to Child's. How about you?
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