The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

by Wendy McClure


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Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder—a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places she’s never been to, yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family— looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House—exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns. Whether she’s churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of “the Laura experience.” The result is an incredibly funny first-person account of obsessive reading, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones—and find that our old love has only deepened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594485688
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,015,766
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wendy McClure has been writing about her obsessions for nearly a decade, both online and in print. She is the author of the 2005 memoir I’m Not the New Me and a columnist for BUST magazine, and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and This American Life. She works as a children’s book editor and lives in Chicago with her husband.

Table of Contents

1 Our Past Life 1

2 Whose Woods These are 28

3 Going to Town 50

4 Good Girls and Golden Curls 74

5 There is a Happy Land Far, Far Away 100

6 The Way Home 141

7 There Won't Be Horses 179

8 Fragments of a Dream 209

9 Anywhere East or South 249

10 The Road Back 281

11 Be It Enacted 299

12 Unremembered 321

Acknowledgments 329

Selected Bibliography 333

What People are Saying About This

Alison Arngrim

"A howlingly funny, historically thorough and irresistibly mad trip down the rabbit hole of the Laura Ingalls-Little House obsession that has consumed an entire generation of women. I spent seven years on the prairie and this book made me want to run out and buy a butter churn! Mandatory reading for all “bonnetheads” - and the people who love them!" --( Alison Arngrim, TV's Nellie Oleson and New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of A Prairie Bitch)

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