"The Plague and I" recounts
MacDonald's experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost
a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing
matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with
"Anybody Can Do Anything" is a high-spirited,
hilarious celebration of how "the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big
family" brightened their weathering of the Great Depression.
In "Onions in the Stew", MacDonald is in unbuttonedly
frolicsome form as she describes how, with husband and daughters, she set to
work making a life on a rough-and-tumble island in Puget Sound, a ferry ride
MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of
and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the
literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her
memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s
Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less
than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor,
and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie
starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films
featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.
followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of
Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with
three additional memoirs: The Plague and I
(chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside
Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find
work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the
(about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).
Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including
materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty
MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest
storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between
the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.
Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in
literary and performing arts.Her
narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film)
Fire;and Sharon Creech’s
on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best
Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile
Magazine.She earned her Doctor
of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of
AudioEloquence.com, a pronunciation research site for the
audiobook industry.In 2015, Heather was
a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics),
for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.
Review: Hollywood Honkytonk - Book #2 Kings of California Series - Mia Hopkins - January 2017
You know how often book titles can be a little deceiving? That's what I found about this book
as I was expecting with a title called Hollywood Honkytonk that we would have a
Country Music themed romance set in Hollywood or find a Hollywood star in the
heart of Nashville. Though Hollywood Honkytonk
does have a Hollywood Heartthrob and a Music teacher/singer who does have an
affinity for the country music. Ten years ago, best friends Riley and Jack were
graduating high school and getting ready for
their lives. Jack was headed out of their small town
of Oleander and asked Riley to come with him. She turned down him as the timing
just wasn't right. I had wondered here if she was pregnant as sometimes that
could give a good twist to the story. Turns out,though, it was another guy - a jerk too
Tommy Blake. Riley ended up married to Tommy,
and they had an unhealthy marriage which now ten years later has ended in a
divorce and Riley trying to hide from Tommy as he can't take NO for an answer.
Riley ends up in LA and gets a job working for a school as their new Music
Teacher. The school has ties to both Jack and Riley. Jack is now a big
Hollywood star and seeing Riley again has sparked his schoolboy crush and love
for Riley. This time he won't let her get away that easily, but can Riley
handle the Hollywood Viper nests that come with Jack's life? Or will she find herself doubting herself that she will be
the right person for Jack's Hollywood life?
Will Riley get the encouragement needed to finally go after her dreams and
become the next Hollywood Honkytonk or will her music talents be restricted to
Find out in Mia Hopkin's new book in the Kings of
California series "Hollywood Honkytonk."
Life isn’t a fairytale. Sometimes you have to fight for happily ever after. And sometimes you just have to let go.
It was a simple offer.
I invited Isla to rent a room in my five thousand square foot home. Plenty of rooms and plenty of space. But the second she moved in, I knew I was in trouble. I could handle wanting her when there was distance between us, but once we started to play house, all my pent up desire started knocking down walls.
That was my first mistake of many.
The private investigator I hired to track down my ex found her not far from where I live. I should have locked my past behind me, but something urged me to find her. I’m glad I did. But our union left me with a situation to be reckoned with.
When a new fire is lit and old flames rekindle, one will have to burn out.
The decisions I’ll have to make won’t be easy.
No matter what I choose, my heart will break.
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
Review: Cross the Line - Book #24 Alex Cross Series - James Patterson - November 2016
First off I do have to confess,
I am a James Patterson fan and love his books. Some I can get into, and others tend to fail by not capturing
my attention. One of the series I have always seemed to enjoy is the Alex Cross
books. However, after the amazing one
Cross Justice, I wasn't sure how this would compare. One of the things that I don't really like about mystery and crime books
is that sometimes the plot can become quite busy which leaves the reader
feeling like they are wading through muddy waters trying to connect all the
dots and for me. Cross the Line was a very busy book as we had three different
crime angles going from the first people breaking road rules being shot by a
motorcycle driver, a cop and his girlfriend are killed in a shop. Then we have
several drug house massacres, a hostage situation with a paranoid meth-head who
is also a gangster and then to add it up we have someone trying to set up an
ex-military. Everything just felt all over
the place for me to enjoy. The things I
did love about this book though was that we were reunited with Alex Cross's old
FBI partner Ned Mahoney.Nana finally won her lotto after all these years and
the fact that we got to spend some time with the Cross Kid's as I love seeing
their stories as much or even more so than Alex Cross's murder investigations.If you love James Patterson's series of Alex
Cross than this is the read for you. If you are only starting out on
Alex Cross, then I would suggest going back to where it all began instead of
picking up Book #24.