Onions in the Stew

Onions in the Stew

Book - 2016
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"Describes Betty MacDonald's years on beautiful Vashon Island in Puget Sound in happy times with her second husband and two daughters. During this time, fame as a writer finally knocked on her door. The book covers the period from 1942 to 1954. It opens just after Pearl Harbor with divorced mother Betty and her two daughters, 12-year-old Anne and 11-year-old Joan, living in her mother's home and Betty working in a building contractor's office. She meets and marries Donald MacDonald and they start searching for a home; unable to find a suitable one in Seattle or the mainland suburbs as a result of wartime influx of population, they try the local islands and finally find a property on Vashon Island. The early part describes the problems of commuting from a home without a road. Her daughters are at a painful state (they're boy crazy!), putting on lipstick to gather driftwood, switching from hair curlers to hair straighteners and coming up with mysterious ailments to avoid homework. Betty is sunk, miserable at having brought this apparent disaster on them all. Yet, in the midst of the humorous difficulties, the family finds a special value in the life they are creating--a value they wouldn't trade for anything in the world!"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]
Edition: 2016 paperback edition
ISBN: 9780295999807
Branch Call Number: 818 M1452M 2015
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 30, 2017

Wonderful book, a follow up to her first novel "The Egg and I". Hilarious.
This sequel follows Betty and her family as they move to Vachon Island Washington in the 1940's..very colorful characters and quite the story!


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