JULIA’S CATS: JULIA CHILD’S LIFE IN THE COMPANY OF CATS
by Pat Barely & Therese Burson
Pat Barely and Therese Burson’s JULIA’S CATS: JULIA CHILD’S LIFE IN THE COMPANY OF CATS was published by Abrams Image in August to help celebrate what would’ve been Julia’s 100th birthday. It garnered a lot of attention (WALL ST. JOURNAL, USA TODAY, CHICAGO TRIBRUNE, NEW YORK POST, EPICURIOUS, NATIONAL CULINARY REVIEW, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, TUCSON WEEKLY and DAILY STAR) and of course, CAT FANCY and MODERN CAT, among others). “We were happily swept along on a tsunami of press interest in remembrance of a true American original, the woman who changed forever the way Americans eat and think about food.” JULIA’S CATS is in its fourth printing and enjoyed a dramatic sales spike during the Christmas season. Apparently Santa is a cat person.
JULIA’S CATS is an unusual biography that begins with Julia, a newlywed at 36, as she experienced what she called “an opening of the soul and spirit” and discovered her lifelong passions … husband Paul, Paris, and French food … and was adopted by her first poussiequette, Minette.
“We interviewed family and friends and researched her papers at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library where we were delighted to discover both Julia and Paul wrote almost daily letters home, detailing their new life in Paris. When we found how much Julia adored cats, we knew her life story would be incomplete unless it included Julia’s cats. So our biography follows her personal and superstar career from Paris to Provence, and finally to retirement in Santa Barbara, always in the comp;any of cats. We also found the Paul was an accomplished photographer, and lucky for for us, his favorite subjects were Julia, Paris and cats. Forty-five of his photos, many from family collections, illustrate the book.”
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 42, No. 2 April/May 2013