- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 14, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LW1RMM9
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Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I especially appreciated the sensitive way Becker balanced telling the truth without compromising the privacy or dignity of surviving members of Betty MacDonald's family -- or of Betty herself, whose real life was of course far more complex and sometimes dark than her humorous memoirs reveal. Becker's research was prodigious: she uncovered extensive archival materials from a plethora of sources -- including letters and papers from MacDonald's friends and family that had never been made public until now. And she traveled to every place Betty lived from her birth onward; she visited Betty's former homes, the buildings where her father worked, her schools, the streets and paths she and her family would have followed.
What a vivid portrait Becker paints for us: of MacDonald's fascinating life, and also of the times and places in which she lived, especially Seattle in the 1920s through the years of World War II. I highly recommend it!
But "who" was Betty MacDonald? Careful readers of her non-fiction can pick up clues about her family - the Bards - and her daughters - Anne and Joan - and her second husband - Donald C MacDonald, but was the happy-go-lucky woman portrayed in her books the real Betty MacDonald? Paula Becker was entranced with Betty and set out to "look" for her. She visited a house in Seattle that Betty and her family lived in during the Depression-years, when Betty - a divorcee with two small daughters - was joining with her family to keep their collective heads above water. From there, Becker decided to write a biography of Betty MacDonald, and has done a pretty good job of it. She has been fortunate to have had access to private correspondence from Betty, both to family and friends and to her editor, Bernice Baumgarten. Becker writes the story of Betty's life from Butte, Boulder, Mexico City, and, lastly, to Carmel, where Betty and Don retired to after the success of the books. But mostly, Becker traces MacDonald's life in the state she made famous - Washington.
Paula Becker's book, "Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, and I", is an interesting view of all the places MacDonald called home, from the egg farm on the Washington Peninsula, various places in Seattle, Vashon Island, and Firland, a TB sanitarium, where Betty recovered from TB. Becker talks about the Bard family and its quixotic way of dealing with life, as well as Bob Heskett and Don MacDonald, Betty's two husbands. Not left out are the various law suits derived from the characters in "The Egg and I" and Betty and Don's somewhat lackadaisical approach to handling money. All in all, Becker's biography of Betty MacDonald is well-done and also has a good selection of pictures of Betty and her family.
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I have now listened to all of the ‘Betty‘ audio books and it’s fair to say I have been thoroughly entertained and enthralled.Read more