Onions in the Stew

Onions in the Stew

by Betty MacDonald


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Onions in the Stew by Betty MacDonald

You know how sometimes friendship blossoms in the first few moments of meeting? "Something clicked," we say. Well, that's what discovering Betty MacDonald was like for me: I happened to read a couple of pages of one of her books and — click — knew right away that here was a vivacious writer whose friendly, funny, and fiery company I was really going to enjoy. Although MacDonald's first and most popular book, The Egg and I, has remained in print since its original publication, her three other volumes have been unavailable for decades. The Plague and I recounts MacDonald's experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly. Anybody Can Do Anything is a high-spirited, hilarious celebration of how "the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family" brightened their weathering of The Great Depression. In Onions in the Stew, MacDonald is in unbuttonedly frolicsome form as she describes how, with husband and daughters, she set to work making a life on a rough-and-tumble island in Puget Sound, a ferry-ride from Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295999807
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 252,650
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

“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.

Table of Contents

1. No Money and No Furniture 2. Owner Desperate 3. Two Million if by Sea 4. Life as Usual in a Very Unusual Setting 5. God Is the Boss 6. We Made It Ourselves 7. The Problem Is to Hold It Back 8. Cirripeds Not Wanted 9. Other Friends and Enemies 10. Master of None 11. Bringing in the Sheaves 12. Triple That Recipe 13. Why Don’t You Just Relax, Betty? 14. Advice, Anybody? 15. Adolescence, or Please Keep Imogene Until She Is Thirty 16. Onions in the Stew

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