My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
3 words: enthusiastic, personal growth, amiable
OK, I’m seriously no Julia Child.
But I’m seriously part of her fan club.
That Julia, she’s all about pursuing her passions and personal development and learning. And I really love hanging out with people like that.
Lifelong learners, you are my tribe.
This book’s been around for years, and I only stumbled on it because Gretchen Rubin wrote that one of her favorite posts was the one she’d written about My Life in France.
And it made me want to read Child’s book. Bientôt!
And while I knew only a few facts about Julia Child when I began reading, I liked her immediately. And her story of self-discovery and self-actualization completely resonated with me.
Here’s what’s great about this book:
First, Julia’s voice is clear and brisk and confident and engaging. It’s fun to read her words.
Second, it’s also the story of a marvelous partnership. She and her husband Paul supported one another’s interests and worked together as a team.
Third, it’s a celebration of mentorship and collaboration. Julia gives full credit to her teachers and the other chefs who inspired her, and to her early co-authors and colleagues.
Finally, this is one joyful memoir. It’s downright jubilant. Once Julia found her passion, she threw herself into the hard work of mastery, and she conveys the delight she took in the work. It made me happy to read about it.
How about you — ever read a memoir that made you happy just reading it?