The Egg and I


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$17.99  $16.73
Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Northwest writer Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) is best known for her entertaining and successful 1945 memoir The Egg and I, about moving to the Olympic Peninsula with her new husband and attempting to raise chickens, as well as her subsequent Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books for children.


"For all the allegedly gloomy moments, The Egg and I is an astoundingly light-hearted book. The MacDonalds, one gathers, had both youth and gumption on their side, to say nothing of an abounding humor that bounced them over the direst crises. -- New York Times

"I first read Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I in 1946, on my return to England after the war, and it made me so homesick for the USA that I cried. I read it again around 1950, and laughed myself silly. Re-reading it now, I not only think it's a work of real comic genius, but strangely touching as well. . . . It remains what it always was, a wonderful, funny, warm, honest book, and, to use a much over-used word, a classic." -- Michael Korda, author of Country Matters and Ike

"Anyone who has ever struggled with a farm or even with a small garden will especially enjoy this breezy autobiography. But everyone will find its hilarious reminiscences of an unconventional childhood and of unique experiences in the Northwest Pacific sprightly, diverting, and excellent entertainment. The whole book crackles with the innocent deviltry of acorns hitting the roof-tops." -- Saturday Review of Literature