Onions in the Stew

Onions in the Stew

by Betty MacDonald


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“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295999807
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 531,168
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. 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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Sharonkincaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny: I still love Betty MacDonald's writing, she used the funny side of her personal misery or experiences to entertain her readers.....This is how I imagined my life would be....when I was a child. It was not! However I must tell you that this is light years before political correctness came on the scene. She is still my favorite and it was nice to visit Vashon Island and see where she lived....
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