The Plague & I
256 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:15 Aug 2016

The Plague & I

University of Washington Press

“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. While TB is a serious matter, MacDonald uses her offbeat humor to make the most of her time in the sanatorium and makes us all laugh in the process.

A writer who can make writing about getting TB before the antibiotic time funny can help you to get through anything in life. What a marvellous creature, Betty MacDonald. Lucie, Goodreads, August 2014
Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–58), 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. Her other memoirs are Anybody Can Do Anything and Onions in the Stew.
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