Audio Blog Tour: Onions in the Stew

Author: Betty MacDonald

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press⎮2016

Genre: Humor, Memoir


The bestselling author of the American humor classic The Egg and I continues the adventure with this collection of tales about life on the fringe of the Western wilderness. Writing in the 1950s, Betty MacDonald, sophisticated and urbane, captivated readers with her observations about raising a family on an island in Puget Sound. As usual, humorist MacDonald is her own favorite target. She manages to get herself into scrapes with washing machines set adrift in rowboats, used cars, and a $25 Turkey Squasher. And then there's the scariest aspect of island life -- teenaged children.

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About the Author: Betty MacDonald


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, 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. 

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 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.

About the Narrator: Heather Henderson

heather_henderson_instudioHeather 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) Brain on Fire;  and Sharon Creech's The Boy 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, 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.

Tour Schedule

Please select an unoccupied date. Stops can be split between dates (Example: Spotlight on one day/Review on another). 14 review copies available.

Feb. 11: Review copies are distributed.

Mar. 25: Interview questions due to me.

Mar. 4:  Media packets are distributed via email.


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Mar. 12: The Phantom Paragrapher (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 13: The Pursuit of Bookishness (Review & Giveaway)

Mar. 14: Dab of Darkness (Review)

Mar. 15CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 16: Hall Ways (Review & Giveaway)

Mar. 17

Mar. 18: Ali the Dragon Slayer (Review & Giveaway)

Mar. 19

Mar. 20: Bound4Escape (Review & Giveaway)

Mar. 21

Mar. 22

Mar. 23: He Said Books Or Me (Review)

Mar. 24: Just Us Book Blog (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 25

Mar. 26: Buried Under Books (Review)

Mar. 27: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)

Mar. 28: Babs Book Bistro (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)

Mar. 29: Celtic Lady Reviews (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

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

Mar. 31: Avid Book Colector (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)