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

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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.

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"The Wilder Life is a tribute to the Little House books that's both reverent and irreverent — in a thoughtful, hilarious way. I couldn't put it down." Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

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"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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"Wendy McClure's The Wilder Life evoked so much of an almost palpable nostalgia that I felt like I was walking into my childhood dollhouse every time I opened the book. I absolutely loved this book." Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof

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"The Wilder Life perfectly captures the wistful, poignant, goofy nature of Little House lust. It also offers some important lessons on late 19th century land rights and butter churning. Now that's my kind of book!" Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House

Synopsis:

One woman's intensely enjoyable pioneer pilgrimage into the world of her favorite books.

When a childhood obsession is reawakened by a box of old books, Wendy McClure begins a quest to rediscover the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder — a realm of fiction, history, and places she's never been but knows by heart. It's a funny and engaging story of what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones and find that our old love has only deepened.

About the Author

Wendy McClure holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of I’m Not the New Me and the creator of the online journal Pound, as well as the humor site Candyboots. She is a columnist for Bust, a regular contributor to the website Television Without Pity, and her writing has also appeared in Glamour, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the New York Times magazine, among other publications. She lives in Chicago.

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Melinda Ott, August 12, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
This little fact needs to be made public before I go any further. I purchased my copy of this book at the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, SD. Folks, I'm not just in the choir, I'm the director! So, the idea of someone going on a Laura Ingalls Wilder pilgrimage didn't seem the least bit strange to me, considering that was exactly what I was doing.

I've read one of McClure's earlier books and enjoyed it and I found her humorous style very fitting. I especially enjoyed her stops in De Smet, Walnut Grove, and Pepin as those were my LIW destinations (I need to somehow convince my husband that we need to go to Missouri and Kansas).

As much as I enjoyed reading this, I'm not going to say that McClure and I had identical experiences. For one thing, I am revisiting the books and visiting the sites as a mom, which she is not (and this is a distinction she makes in the book). I also seemed to be looking for something else--something that I found. After finishing this book, McClure sounds as though she never found what she was looking for.

I certainly cannot blame McClure for the fact that her experience differs from mine and I'm really okay with that. However, there were times when McClure seemed to make blanket statements about other Laura Ingalls Wilder fans that seemed a bit judgmental to me. She tends to speak as if other LIW fans (not including herself) are all camping out and waiting for the apocalypse.

However, I was able to--well, if not overlook, at least tolerate--that. On the whole, however, this is an enjoyable book for people who enjoy the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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jo peer-haas, October 27, 2013 (view all comments by jo peer-haas)
As a fellow Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, and just a little older than the author, I absolutely love this book. It's surprisingly funny, yet full of fascinating information and cool illustrations as well. Highly Recommended
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ISBN:
9781594485688
Author:
McClure, Wendy
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Biography-Women
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Biography - General
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Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120431
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
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8.28 x 5.56 x 0.94 in 0.66 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Riverhead Trade - English 9781594485688 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Wilder Life is a tribute to the Little House books that's both reverent and irreverent — in a thoughtful, hilarious way. I couldn't put it down."
"Review" by , "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
"Review" by , "Wendy McClure's The Wilder Life evoked so much of an almost palpable nostalgia that I felt like I was walking into my childhood dollhouse every time I opened the book. I absolutely loved this book."
"Review" by , "The Wilder Life perfectly captures the wistful, poignant, goofy nature of Little House lust. It also offers some important lessons on late 19th century land rights and butter churning. Now that's my kind of book!"
"Synopsis" by , One woman's intensely enjoyable pioneer pilgrimage into the world of her favorite books.

When a childhood obsession is reawakened by a box of old books, Wendy McClure begins a quest to rediscover the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder — a realm of fiction, history, and places she's never been but knows by heart. It's a funny and engaging story of what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones and find that our old love has only deepened.

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