Journalist/biographer Spitz does celebrities well; hes responsible for the hugely best-selling The Beatles: The Biography. This book, publishing on August 15, the 100th anniversary of Julia Childs birth, has the support of Childs estate and promises to be the definitive account. The 100,000-copy first printing says it all.

Here, in Spitz's biography, the Julia Child we know and love comes vividly to life. Spitz provides a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time - a woman known to all, yet known by only a few. 'Dearie' is a story about a woman's search for her own unique expression.