Search Results: "Betty MacDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 8, 1954

"For a girl who forgets her pets at home, there's a good dose of farm animal care- and so on down the line of faults."
The author of The Egg and I comes up with some cleverly done fantasy in which the morals are golden, enticingly packaged and totally unlike sermons. Read full book review >

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ROSS MACDONALD by Tom Nolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A breathlessly enthusiastic font of praise—most of it justifiable—that also works as a schematic for the demons, both professional and personal, that motivate some of our best writers to toil tirelessly in the genre fields."
Hagiographic, rags-to-riches, writer-as-middle-class-hero tale; the first biography of a genre master who wrote 18 highly literate detective novels featuring southern California private eye Lew Archer and earned an enormous following among mainstream readers, academes, and literary celebrities. Read full book review >

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ANYBODY CAN DO ANYTHING by Betty MacDonald
Released: Aug. 23, 1950

"The book is substantially longer than the samples which ran in the SEP as It All Happened To Me."
Laurels to the lady who can make laughter for others and capital for herself of what many might term miseries, whether they be the misadventures of chicken ranching- combined with marriage to the wrong man, a term in a TB sanitarium, or- as in this latest, job sampling in the depression, a charming mother whose ideas of finances were, to put it mildly, erratic, and a sister who could rub her Aladdin's lantern and produce almost any thing for her sister to do, from blind dates to eccentric jobs. Read full book review >

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WHO, ME? by Betty MacDonald
Released: Oct. 30, 1959

"From the tales of her parents, to her marriages, jobs, her battles with chicken farming, tuberculosis, and living on an island and raising her two daughters, Betty MacDonald's busy, harried, raffish, ridiculous and gallant days tumble along so that the reader — particularly new ones — will get a lively sense of this best-selling author's life."
In an edited and revised form this one volume incorporates material from The Egg and I, The Plague and I, Anybody Can Do Anything and Onions in the Stew to form a continuous line of autobiography — with none of the high spots omitted. Read full book review >

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NANCY AND PLUM by Betty MacDonald
Released: Sept. 10, 1952

"Betty MacDonald has a gift of story telling and a gift of laughter- and both combine here in a story that reveals the philosophical phases of children's thinking."
A third juvenile by the author of The Egg and I but a story far afield from her Mrs. Pigglewiggle tales. Read full book review >

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THE EGG AND I by Betty MacDonald
Released: Oct. 3, 1945

"And the result is a panorama in black and white of the life, the neighbors, the hardships, with a saving grace of humor."
This might be a companion piece to Roughly Speaking. Read full book review >

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ONIONS IN THE STEW by Betty MacDonald
Released: May 16, 1955

"Local as well as follower interest for this."
The author's twelve years on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, combine tribulations with trivia, domesticity with manifold doings, and plaints with paeans. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MACDONALD by David Milgrim
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

A young vivisectionist recombines the livestock in this "Old MacDonald" outtake. Read full book review >

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BLACK BETTY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"This latest installment, teeming with violence, bitterness, and compassion, is Mosley's finest work yet."
It's 1961, and Easy Rawlins has lost most of what he had five years ago in White Butterfly (1992). Read full book review >

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BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >

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BETTY FRIEDAN by Judith Hennessee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

67943203.599 Hennessee, Judith BETTY FRIEDAN An exhaustive, readable, forthright biography of the woman who, however truculent she may have been in both personal and political disputes, earned her way as one who launched the second-wave feminist revolution. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD by Petra Brown
illustrated by Petra Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A warm introduction to an old favorite. (Board book. 1-3)"
The American classic is presented with some cuddly illustrations. Read full book review >