Audio Blog Tour: Looking For Betty MacDonald

Author: Paula Becker

Narrator: Paula Becker

Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press⎮2016

Genre: Biography


Betty Bard 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. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and The 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.

MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. 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 Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).

Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald's archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

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About the Author/Narrator: Paula Becker

Paula Becker is a writer and historian living in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of the book Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I (University of Washington Press), and co-author (with Alan J. Stein) of the books The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair And Its Legacy (Seattle Center Foundation, 2011) and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair (History Ink/HistoryLink in association with University of Washington Press, 2009). More than 300 of Paula’s essays documenting all aspects of Washington’s history appear on, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history, where she is a staff historian.

Tour Schedule

Please select an unoccupied date. Stops can be split between dates (Example: Spotlight on one day/Review on another).

Mar. 10: Review copies are distributed.

Mar. 27: Interview questions due to me.

Apr. 3:  Media packets are distributed via email.


Apr. 10: Ali the Dragon Slayer (Review & Giveaway)

Apr. 11: CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Apr. 12: Avid Book Collector (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)

Apr. 13: Spunky-n-Sassy (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Apr. 14: Dab of Darkness (Review)

Apr. 15: Between the Coverz (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)


Apr. 28Jorie Loves A Story (Review)

Apr. 29: Read Day and Night (Review)

Apr. 30The Book Addict's Reviews (Review)