Biography & Autobiography

Looking for Betty MacDonald

Author: Paula Becker

Publisher: University of Washington Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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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:






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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.






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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
Country life

Betty MacDonald's Onions in the Stew

Author: William Dalzell



Category: Country life

Page: 102

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"The title to this comedy about escape from the ordinary comes from the line, "Where hearts were high and fortunes low and onions in the stew." Betty MacDonald has talked her two attractive teenage daughters and somewhat doubtful husband into sinking every cent they have into a home on an island in Puget Sound. Now the family stares wistfully across the bay toward the lights of the big, comfortable city. Why, even on their very first day the tide came in unexpectedly and caught half their possessions on the beach. Everything Betty does to make this venture a success backfires. The results will have your audience in stitches but they're no joke for Betty, now aghast at the difficulties of the project. Her daughters are at a painful state (they're boy crazy!), putting on lipstick to gather driftwood, switching from hair curlers to hair straighteners and coming up with mysterious ailments to avoid homework. Betty is sunk, miserable at having brought this apparent disaster on them all. Yet, in the midst of the humorous difficulties, the family finds a special value in the life they are creating--a value they wouldn't trade for anything in the world!" -- Publisher's description.
Juvenile Fiction

Nancy and Plum

Author: Betty MacDonald

Publisher: Random House


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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'Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautiful' So here we are on Christmas Eve, locked up in rotten Mrs Monday's boarding house with no presents and no Christmas dinner, while all the other children have gone home for the holidays. I'm Nancy, by the way, and this is my sister Plum. Luckily, we're both pretty good at making up stories about the adventures and pretty dresses that we'd like to have, and that helps us put up with Mrs Monday and her awful niece Marybelle. But one day, we're going to escape, and maybe we'll find a nice home and a family all of our own. Wouldn't that be just wonderful? Includes exclusive material: In ‘The Backstory’ you can take the quiz and find out why Nancy and Plum is Jacqueline Wilson's favourite children's book! Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

Author: James Mustich

Publisher: Workman Publishing


Category: Reference

Page: 961

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“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —THE WASHINGTON POST Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage. Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. There are nuts and bolts, too—best editions to read, other books by the author, “if you like this, you’ll like that” recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned—a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading. “948 pages later, you still want more!” —THE WASHINGTON POST
Performing Arts

Marjorie Main

Author: Michelle Vogel

Publisher: McFarland


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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She was a slum mother, witty housekeeper, nosy neighbor, meddling maid, town gossip, and most memorably, Ma Kettle. Marjorie Main is best remembered for her portrayal of the farm mother of 15 children and wife of shiftless Pa Kettle. The characters were introduced in the 1945 film The Egg and I, and were such a hit that eight films followed. At an age when most actresses’ careers are waning, Main’s star was just beginning to rise. In real life, Main was as down to earth as characters she played. Her attire on the set and around her house were the same: a simple cotton house dress or jeans. She preferred riding the bus because she enjoyed interacting with regular people—the inspiration for her characters. This book chronicles Main’s childhood on an Indiana farm and the inspirations that led her to the stage. After a distinguished theater career and minor film roles, at age 50 she was offered a long-term contract with premier studio MGM. Details of her acting career and personal life covered here include her marriage to a scholarly widower 26 years her senior, and her work with actor Percy Kilbride, who was the antithesis of his character, the slothful Pa Kettle. A detailed filmography includes cast and credit lists and trivia about each of Main’s 85 films.

Washington Off the Beaten Path®


Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Travel

Page: 240

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Washington Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Washington Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Washington that other guidebooks just don't offer.
Social Science

Merry Wives and Others

Author: Penelope Fritzer

Publisher: McFarland


Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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In many ways, the history of domestic humor writing is also a history of domestic life in the twentieth century. For many years, domestic humor was written primarily by females; significant contributions from male writers began as times and family structures changed. It remains timeless because of its basis on the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, houses and inhabitants, pets and their owners, chores and their doers, and neighbors. This work is a historical and literary survey of humorists who wrote about home. It begins with a chapter on the social context of and attitudes toward traditional domestic roles and housewives. The following chapters, beginning with the 1920s and continuing through today, cover the different time periods and the foremost American domestic humorists, and the humor written by surrogate parents, grown children about their childhood families, husbands, and Canadian and English writers. Also covered are the differences among various writers toward traditional domestic roles--some, like Erma Bombeck and Judith Viorst, embraced them, while others, like Caryl Kristenson and Marilyn Kentz, resisted them. Common themes, such as the isolation and competitiveness of housework, home as an idealized metaphysical goal and ongoing physical challenge, and the urban, suburban, and rural life, are also explored.

Delphi Complete Works of Mrs. Humphry Ward (Illustrated)

Author: Mrs. Humphry Ward

Publisher: Delphi Classics


Category: Fiction

Page: 8569

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The late Victorian novelist Mrs. Humphry Ward (Mary Augusta Ward) embraced the novel as her medium for exploring the serious dilemmas of the age. Her 1888 masterpiece ‘Robert Elsmere’, a novel on the theme of religious faith and doubt, enjoyed phenomenal sales on both sides of the Atlantic. Altogether Ward published 26 novels and was the world’s best-selling novelist at the turn of the century, earning royalties unprecedented at the time. For the first time in publishing history, this eBook presents Ward’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Ward’s life and works * Concise introductions to the major texts * All 26 novels, with individual contents tables * Features rare books appearing for the first time in digital publishing * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Famous works are fully illustrated with their original artwork * Ward’s non-fiction, including rare essays – available in no other collection * Ward’s autobiography * Features a bonus biography – discover Ward’s literary life * Ordering of texts into chronological order and genres Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Novels Milly and Olly (1881) Miss Bretherton (1884) Robert Elsmere (1888) The History of David Grieve (1892) Marcella (1894) The Story of Bessie Costrell (1895) Sir George Tressady (1896) Helbeck of Bannisdale (1898) Eleanor (1900) Lady Rose’s Daughter (1903) The Marriage of William Ashe (1905) Fenwick’s Career (1906) Diana Mallory (1908) Daphne (1909) Canadian Born (1910) The Case of Richard Meynell (1911) The Mating of Lydia (1913) The Coryston Family (1913) Delia Blanchflower (1914) Eltham House (1915) A Great Success (1915) Lady Connie (1916) Missing (1917) The War and Elizabeth (1918) Cousin Philip (1919) Harvest (1920) The Non-Fiction Amiel’s Journal (1885) The Brontë Prefaces (1899) Anti-Suffrage Essays (1908) John Lyly (1911) England’s Effort: Six Letters to an American Friend (1916) Wordsworth’s Valley in War-Time (1916) Towards the Goal (1917) Fields of Victory (1919) The Autobiography A Writer’s Recollections (1918) The Biography The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward by Janet Penrose Trevelyan Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks