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Onions in the Stew Paperback – August, 2000
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"For twelve years we MacDonalds have been living on an island in Puget Sound. There is no getting away from it, life on an island is different from life in the St. Francis Hotel but you can get used to it, can even grow to like it. 'C'est la guerre,' we used to say looking wistfully toward the lights of the big comfortable warm city just across the way. Now, as November (or July) settles around the house like a wet sponge, we say placidly to each other, 'I love it here. I wouldn't live anywhere else.'"Betty MacDonald's final memoir, Onions in the Stew recounts her second attempt at farm-living, this time on Washington's then-remote Vashon Island along with her second husband, Don MacDonald, and her two teenage daughters. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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That all said, I love this book (a simple narrative of a woman writer's family life on Vashon island in the 1950s)so much that I struggled through the ghastly layout problems and read it yet again. If you like this sort of book I also recommend Betty MacDonald's: The Plague and I, The Egg and I, and perhaps my favorite; Anybody Can Do Anything.
Until they get this formatting problem straightened out however, I'd look for them in paper or hardback.
MacDonald's Wikipedia page: [...]
Her best book is The Egg and I. It was made into a movie, and inspired the Ma and Pa Kettle series. Apparently, those were her neighbors in real life!
The recent paperbacks are well produced on quality stock.
Not as rollicking and raw as "The Egg and I"; a good book detailing her life and the publication of "The Egg and I."
She only wrote the four novels/pseudo-autobiographies, BUT, she did write several children's books, which are good as well, if you're interested.