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Publisher's Summary

Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do - until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, Cleaving.
Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs - tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.
The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world - from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.
©2009 Julie Powell; (P)2009 Hachette
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By Ruth on 12-09-09

Boldly written and read

A story for humans. We aren't perfect, we do have faults, well, at least most of us.Chick lit isn't my usual read, but this one was a great choice. The author's reading was great, her voice is not that of a professional reader, but that just makes it more real.

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By M. Dyer on 01-15-10

Wow

I loved this book. It's VERY different from Julie & Julia, a much darker and real book. Julie shares the realities of a very difficult time in her marriage and not many people would be so honest and open about their own shortcomings. I hope Julie Powell will continue to write. She has a real gift for laughing at herself, even in the worst of times.

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