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Topic: New Betty Story

Last Reply: Dec 25, 2016 2:38 PM
Joined: Dec, 2007
Location: Pacific Northwest
Dec 10, 2015, 2:22 PM
Jodee Fenton has provided a link to the Book Club of Washington's publication of a story Betty wrote prior to Egg. It was published in Town Crier magazine and has been bound into what they're calling a 'chapbook'. Paula Becker discovered it while doing her sleuthing through the realms of research. I'm ordering today and am really excited to read something new by Betty. Thank you, Paula, Jodee.....and Betty.
Joined: Dec, 2007
Dec 13, 2015, 1:43 AM
I will be interested to hear what you think of the story and whether it is anything like her books.
Joined: Feb, 2008
Dec 15, 2015, 6:54 PM
That is certainly exciting!
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Dec 26, 2015, 10:26 PM
Suz: Did you get the story Betty wrote. I am curious about it?
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Location: Pacific Northwest
Dec 29, 2015, 8:40 AM
Not yet, Rusty. I haven't mailed the order form. Too many holiday interruptions. I'll post as soon as I get it.
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Jan 02, 2016, 7:07 PM
Okay Suz I cannot wait.
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Location: Northern California
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Apr 15, 2016, 12:18 AM
Hey, Suz - Any news on this? I don't think I've heard about it. Could be our own secret Sandra Surrenders, eh? ;-)
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Location: Pacific Northwest
Apr 21, 2016, 8:43 AM
Debbie, I still haven't mailed the form. No excuses, just keep putting it aside in favor of other things which keep jumping up at me....mostly the four-footed rescues we foster for our local humane society.
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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Apr 22, 2016, 6:29 PM
Since the Town Crier was published between 1912 and 1937, it is likely that Betty used her maiden name Bard. There may also be a public domain issue involved here.
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Location: Northern California
Occupation: Online Sales & More!
May 04, 2016, 11:16 PM
Well, I'm sure Betty (and Margar) would approve, Suz. They were dog and cat lovers, as you know.

The book is a bit pricey, but I think I'll see if Paula Becker would help us out, maybe some excerpts or ?? She is a Betty-phile, like the rest of us. :-)
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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
May 06, 2016, 8:07 PM
I would love to have a copy. Since these short were published in the Town Crier and, the Seattle library has copies; I may contact them to see if I get them to sent me copies. People are usually very helpful when you explain what you are doing and, why you are doing it.
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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
May 06, 2016, 8:09 PM
I would love to have a copy. Since these short were published in the Town Crier and, the Seattle library has copies; I may contact them to see if I get them to sent me copies. People are usually very helpful when you explain what you are doing and, why you are doing it.
Joined: Dec, 2007
Aug 31, 2016, 1:45 AM
There is an interesting youtube video here about Paula Becker's upcoming book about Betty.
Joined: Nov, 2008
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Dec 19, 2016, 3:08 PM
What has happened to this site? I thought a new site was being built months ago? Also the Betty MacDonald Facebook has seemed to have vanished. Has Betty gone underground?
Joined: Dec, 2007
Dec 22, 2016, 7:08 PM
The site seems to be very quiet. Anyway I have obtained a copy of Paula Becker's book and have read about half of it. Interesting read so far with quite a bit of background about Betty's real life compared to what she wrote in her books.
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Location: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Dec 23, 2016, 2:21 PM
I've read Anne Wellmans but not this one yet, but looking forward to reading it!
Joined: Dec, 2007
Dec 25, 2016, 2:38 PM
I have just finished reading "Looking for Betty MacDonald" and really enjoyed it. It was very well researched and referenced.It provides some insight into the real Betty and her family in contrast to that portrayed in her books. Paula was given access to a lot of Betty's papers still retained by her family so was able to include a lot of material which was new.

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