The Plague and I (Paperback)

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I'm ecstatic that The Plague and I is back in print!  Many readers will know Seattle writer Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) for her bestselling memoir, The Egg and I, but my my favorite is her second memoir, in which she endures 8 months in a TB sanitorium in the 1930s--a time in which TB was often fatal and those taking "the cure" had to try to lie as still as possible for weeks and months, mostly in silence. Betty's observations about this very odd situation and her cast of characters make this book a delightful read. (Her lively, roommate "Kimi" was actually the writer Monica Sone, who went on to write her own memoir, Nisei Daughter, which is about growing up Japanese American (and spending time incarcerated in Minidoka during World War II). Betty MacDonald fans should also check out Paula Becker's new biography, Looking for Betty MacDonald: the Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Pigglewiggle and I. 

— From Karen


"Getting tuberculosis in the middle of your life is like starting downtown to do a lot of urgent errands and being hit by a bus. When you regain consciousness you remember nothing about the urgent errands. You can't even remember where you were going."

Thus begins Betty MacDonald's memoir of her year in a sanatorium just outside Seattle battling the "White Plague." MacDonald uses her offbeat humor to make the most of her time in the TB sanatorium--making all of us laugh in the process.

About the Author

Betty 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. The Plague and I takes up Betty's delightful misadventures where The Egg and I left off. She continued chronicling her life story with memoirs Anybody Can Do Anything and finally Onions in the Stew. She lived on Vashon Island in Washington's Puget Sound.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780295999784
ISBN-10: 0295999780
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: August 12th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English