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Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I

Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I
  

Betty Bard MacDonald (1907-1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children's books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780295746074
Barcode 9780295746074
Release Date 12 August 2019 by UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO - LAW
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Becker, Paula
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ISBN-13 9780295746074
ISBN-10 0295746076
Stock Release date is 12 August 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 12 Aug 2019
Publisher UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO - LAW
Imprint University of Washington Press
Release Date 12 August 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Becker, Paula
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
American History
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors, American - Biography - 20th century, Children's literature - Authorship
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Betty Bard MacDonald (1907-1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children's books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and The Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald's vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald's Ma and Pa Kettle characters. MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island). Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald's archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, a biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona. Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lr6iVK4zWk

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I was fully entranced by this book. . . . Through Becker's lens, MacDonald becomes something much more than her books and her movies. In fact, it's her presence in this narrative, her kind voice and apparent interest in MacDonald, that allows someone unfamiliar with the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books to also become interested in MacDonald. -- YiShun Lai * Tahoma Literary Review * Becker, allowed access to the trove of her subject's correspondence, has done eloquent, measured justice to the `hungry ghost' of Betty MacDonald. . . . Looking for Betty MacDonald is a riveting account of a quick-fire, ambitious, mercurial intellect; the story of a woman who met the demands of both her sophisticated, struggling family and of her `interesting times' with a defiant, pawky smile. -- Imogen Russell Williams * Times Literary Supplement * This volume will send readers away satisfied and eager to reread their favorite MacDonald books. Written in an easygoing style for the general reader, this book will appeal to anyone familiar with MacDonald's books who has found themselves curious about the author. * Library Journal * Pick up a copy to find out UW's role in hatching one of the 20th-century's sharpest storytellers. CliffNotes version: Our campus is where she changed her name-from Betsy to the razor-edged Betty-and most important, it's where she gave up her dream of being an illustrator. * Columns, UWAA * I was delighted to explore MacDonald's life and work through Paula Becker's thoughtful, painstakingly researched biography, and even more thrilled to see that University of Washington Press is going to be reprinting three hard-to-find later works by the bestselling author of The Egg and I: Anybody Can Do Anything, The Plague and I, and Onions in the Stew. . . . If you're not a MacDonald enthusiast, you will be soon. . . . We can be grateful that Becker has preserved it for us in words, and has given us valuable insights into her world, her books, her family, and the writer herself. -- Lory Widmer Hess * Emerald City Book Review * The pages zing with unexpected detail and nuggets of lacerating wit. . . . If you're Looking for Betty MacDonald, you need look no further. -- Barbara McMichael * Kitsap Sun * A smart and immensely readable portrait, taking readers through MacDonald's life. . . . Becker has combed every interview and profile, and her book veritably glows with MacDonald's recaptured wit. . . . Thanks to Paula Becker's exhaustive research and the compassionate, standard-setting book she's shaped out of it, 21st century readers can meet a much fuller and more fascinating version of that complex, challenging, laughing woman. Readers of her books will still want to thank her, but thanks to Looking for Betty MacDonald, they'll know her much better. -- Steve Donoghue * Open Letters Monthly * The Egg and I, The Plague and I and Anybody Can Do Anything practically cavort off the page. How did [Betty MacDonald] do it? Seattle author Paula Becker has some answers in her compact, finely crafted biography. -- Michael Upchurch * Seattle Times * Paula Becker's astute, affectionate and often startling Looking for Betty MacDonald is the first biography of this singular American writer. . . . The biography fills in crucial and sometimes shocking gaps in her story, rendering MacDonald's achievements all the more extraordinary. . . . Becker is a historian and writes with a historian's precision, but she has a fan's insight and warmth. The result is a thorough and illuminating biography that, with any luck, will lead a new generation of readers to MacDonald's own remarkable work. -- Jennifer Reese * Washington Post *

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Author's Bio

Paula Becker is a staff historian at HistoryLink.org. She is the coauthor of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and Its Legacy and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Washington's First World Fair.

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