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The Egg and I Paperback – 1 Jun 1992
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A paperback edition of the title first published in 1946, telling of the author's life as a young wife looking after a chicken farm in the remote backwoods of the USA.
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Written over 50 years ago Betty's books have not 'dated'.
Although I have read and re-read Betty MacDonald's four autobiographical books many times, I can honestly say that each one of them makes me laugh, every time, and often out loud.
She had the midas gift of turning dross into gold. She was not one of Fate's favourites. Some terrible things happened to her. But she had the guts never to cringe, but always bounce back.
She would never have claimed it; she probably never knew it; but she was a woman of indominatable spirit. Which is why I am proud to publish THE EGG AND I, THE PLAGUE AND I, ANYBODY CAN DO ANYTHING and ONIONS IN THE STEW. And she was funny. Always funny. But not always 'politically correct' of course.
We have had many complaints about this, in single figures and all concerned with Betty's portrayal of some 'Native Americans'.
She was writing in the late 1940s, and she wrote down the truth as she experienced it - you might say a kind of personal history. Does 'political correctness' demand that we alter personal history? Surely that is the 'correctness' of Stalin. We have got rid of that - haven't we?
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