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September Feature
“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, The Seattle Times

Betty MacDonald

Don’t be a saddo! Paula Becker introduces Northwest writer Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) to a new generation of readers this month with her nuanced biography, Looking for Betty MacDonald. MacDonald followed up the success of her best-selling memoir The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children's books with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her year in a tuberculosis sanatorium 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).

Watch the book trailer on YouTube, join for author events, and read the Behind the Covers feature on the blog. Designer Thomas Eykemans discusses the design process for Looking for Betty MacDonald in collaboration with the author and Seattle artist Tom DesLongchamp, and for the three new editions of Betty’s memoirs.


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