The Egg and I Author:Betty MacDonald The Egg and I, first published in 1945, is a humorous memoir by American author Betty MacDonald about her adventures and travails as a young wife on a chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. It was a blockbuster success as a novel, being reprinted on a nearly monthly basis for the next two years. — The book is based on... more » the author's experiences in trying to operate a small chicken farm with her first husband Robert Heskett from 1927 to 1931 near Chimacum, Washington. On visits with her family in Seattle, she told stories of their tribulations, which greatly amused them. In the 1940s, MacDonald's sisters strongly encouraged her to write a book about these experiences and, following their advice, she wrote The Egg and I as her first book.« less
This book was also the basis for the popular movies about Ma and Pa Kettle, and I believe they also did a movie from the book itself. It is an entertaining book, and the descriptions are such that you feel you are right there in the middle of the tribulations.