February 7, 2015 marked the 148th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. For adults longing to rediscover the Laura Ingalls Wilder they fell in love with as a child, a couple of recently published books might be just the key!
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Wilder was recently released in November and is already into it’s third printing. This wildly popular book, written for an adult audience, presents Wilder’s unedited and unpublished draft of her autobiography, which eventually served as the foundation for her popular Little House on the Prairie series.
The book explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traveled and the culture and life of the communities they lived in. The book features over 100 images, eight fully researched maps and hundreds of annotations based on census data and records, newspapers of the period and other primary documents.
Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen is a fun, fictional read. PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author after she discovers a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her discoveries send her on a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters along the way.
If reading a book doesn’t really fit into your schedule right now, HarperCollins has recently released a great list of 10 Life Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Posted by: Theresa