Quotable: Julia Child and Avis DeVoto

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This is hop from Bookish Ruth, Quotable.  Grab a book you’re reading or an old favorite and share a quote from it. I’m reading As Always, Julia:  The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.  There are so many quotable lines in here, and eventually I’ll share them all when I finish and review, but here’s one from my reading just last night.  They’re writing to each other during the McCarthy era, and it’s driving both of them crazy.  Avis spends hours in front of the t.v. watching the trials.  Here’s what she says in a letter from November 19, 1954:

“To tell you the truth, I haven’t been following his progress about our great and fair country too carefully, on account of being ensnarled in McCarthy again.  How I wish he would die, so that I could think about something else.”

I think I liked this quote, having personally felt that way about various political figures.  Not so much that I wish they would die, but very much that they would go away.  I love the little insights into these two womens’ lives in these letters.  Highly enjoyable read, recommended by As the Crowe Flies (and Reads).


  1. From In Constant Prayer, by Robert Benson, that I'm reading right now:
    “The paradox of worship is this:
    we perform these acts of worship,
    but they are not actually for us.
    We do these things for God,
    and then we are the ones who are changed.”
    original post:
    Emma @ Words And Peace

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