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The Egg and I

MacDonald, Betty Bard (Book - 1987)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Egg and I
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The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington.
Authors: MacDonald, Betty Bard
Title: The egg and I
Publisher: New York : Perennial Library, 1987
Edition: 1st Perennial Library ed
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: First published by J. B. Lippincott in 1945
"A part of this book appeared in a condensed serialization in the Atlantic Monthly."
Summary: The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington.
Awards & Distinctions: Northwest Label - Biography
Evergreen State Tales
Alternate Title: Egg & I
ISBN: 0060914289
Branch Call Number: 818 MACDONA
Statement of Responsibility: Betty MacDonald
Subject Headings: MacDonald, Betty Bard Farm life Washington (State) Farmers Authors, American Washington (State) Fiction Farm life Wit and humor Washington (State) Biography
Topical Term: Farm life
Authors, American
Farm life
LCCN: 87045068
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Jul 22, 2013
  • fritzieford rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

MacDonald, famous for her Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books for children, writes amusing memoirs about homesteading and chicken farming in the Pacific Northwest. Since the book was published in 1945, it does contain some references that we would consider politically incorrect, especially concerning American Indians. This was not bothersome, but the overall tone of the book was. Although some anecdotes are hilarious, I found her negative outlook to be tiresome.

Great book! Very refreshing to read a "clean" book, full of humor and great depiction of a city girl trying to make it on a chicken farm...much like Lisa from Green Acres! FYI a movie of it was made in the 1940's starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray...very funny.

Aug 26, 2012
  • lsmarkova rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny, moving account of life on a chicken ranch in rural Washington in the 1920s. Warning, though, part of it is *very dated* and *very racist.*

May 08, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author seemed to relate much more frustration than joy, and didn't seem to like living on a poultry farm much, stating over and over agan her hatred for chickens and baby chicks, and her desire to leave it all behind for running water and some time to sit down. I can't blame her there, but expected something different before starting the book based on its description. An interesting read with some detailed descriptions of some beautiful scenery but I kept wishing I could put the author out of her misery. Just burn the whole place down and be done with it. Good book though, highly recommended!


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