Books: Scrawk!

THE EGG AND I—Beffy MacDonald—Lippincott ($2.75).

That loud literary cackle last week was not only Betty MacDonald's, whose The Egg and I is leading U.S. nonfiction lists. It was also her readers', who were finding her account of life on a primitive Oregon chicken ranch one of the funniest books ever written about chickens, friends and neighbors.

Author MacDonald, thirtyish, was born (in Boulder, Colo.) while her father, a mining engineer, was away from home. So grandmother ("Gammy"), "prompted by the same inner urge which made her wear her corsets upside down" with the...

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