"The best thing about the Depression was the way it reunited our family and gave my sister Mary a real opportunity to prove that anybody can do anything, especially Betty."
After surviving both the failed chicken farm - and marriage - immortalized in The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald returns to live with her mother and desperately searches to find a job to support her two young daughters. With the help of her older sister Mary, Anybody Can Do Anything recounts her failed, and often hilarious, attempts to find work during the Great Depression.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Betty 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. The Plague and I takes up Betty's delightful misadventures where The Egg and I left off. She continued chronicling her life story with memoirs Anybody Can Do Anything and finally Onions in the Stew. She lived on Vashon Island in Washington's Puget Sound.
Table of Contents
1. “Anybody Can Do Anything Especially Betty”2. What’s a White Russian Got? 3. “Mining Is Easy” 4. “So Is Lumber” 5. “Nobody’s Too Dull or Too Short for My Sister”6. “I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me” 7. “Aren’t We Going to Recognize Genius?” 8. “You Name It, Betty Can Do It” 9. “All the World’s a Stage and by God Everybody in This Family Is Going to the Foreign Movies and Like Bach” 10. Nightschool 11. Bills! Bills! Bills! 12. Bundles for Bards 13. “Now Listen, Mother, It’s Only a Fifteen Minute a Day Program” 14. “Let Nothing You Dismay” 15. “Just Like Flying” 16. “Hand Me That Straitjacket, Joethe Government” 17. “Anybody Can Write Books”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anyone who has read my blog recently will know I am a convert and huge fan of Betty books. They have the ability to raise a smile on the darkest of days and make me giggle quietly to myself. I listened to this on audiobook so probably confused a few members of the public when I suddenly began laughing for no apparent reason! This time Betty has returned to the family home following her divorce *scandal* accompanied by her kids. It is imperative she finds employment but during the depression of the 30’s in the USA jobs were few and far between. Her sister Mary decides she will assist matters and coach Betty in all areas of work and find her a suitable job. Mary happens to know a lot of people which is fortunate considering how haphazard Betty can be .. she goes through jobs like a dose of salts. The memoir goes into great detail and is wonderfully amusing. One thing Betty has is optimism in bucket loads. And Mary is so confident that ‘Anybody Can Do Anything’ hence the title. It was quite an education in itself just hearing about all the different jobs Betty applied for .. remember this was a long time ago so obviously times have changed and frankly they have altered for the better. The overwhelming sense of family still floods through, the descriptions of the area and community are fabulous. The beauty of this series is the way Betty talks/writes to the readers, she either draws you in with her wit or makes you scream in frustration at her acid tongue. The narrator as usual was brilliant, she has a comforting voice that entices you to listen. She has a wide variety of ‘voices’ for the characters and is easy to follow. I almost get withdrawal symptoms when I finish a ‘Betty’ book .. thankfully I have another lined up ready to listen to! I have no idea what I will do when I have heard them all, probably start at the beginning again because I am bound to get just as much enjoyment a second time around. Many thanks to Post Hypnotic Press and Jess at AudioBookWorm for introducing me to these marvellous stories .. I reviewed voluntarily.