PastryWiz Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder


Browse by Category:
Arts & Photography
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Money
Children's Books
Christian Books & Bibles
Comics & Graphic Novels
Computers & Technology
Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Education & Teaching
Engineering & Transportation
Health, Fitness & Dieting
Humor & Entertainment
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
Literature & Fiction
Medical Books
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Parenting & Relationships
Politics & Social Sciences
Religion & Spirituality
Science & Math
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sports & Outdoors
Teen & Young Adult
Test Preparation

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by: Caroline Fraser

List Price: $35.00
You Save: $20.95 (60%)
as of 08/14/2018 21:34 EDT

Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours

Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Metropolitan Books
EAN: 9781627792769
Edition: 1st Edition
ISBN: 1627792767
Item Dimensions: 961641195157
Label: Metropolitan Books
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Metropolitan Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 640
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Studio: Metropolitan Books

Editorial Review:

Product Description:


The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls―the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser―the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series―masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading―and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day. Review:
An Amazon Best Book of November 2017: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books are perhaps the best known and beloved American stories for children. Some of the books’ fame is thanks with their afterlife in Michael Landon’s long-running television series, which Caroline Fraser describes as “not so much an adaptation as a hyperbolic fantasy spin off.” But the question of verisimilitude doesn’t begin and end with television. Though Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane, her politically cranky journalist daughter, defended the books’ historical accuracy, Fraser’s meticulous, smart, historically informed biography shows where the books hew to – and diverge from – the facts of Wilder’s long and eventful life. Fraser looks, too, at emotional truths: Wilder’s father, Charles Ingalls, whom she called Pa, is the hero of her recollections. But he dodged service in the Civil War, put his family in harm’s way, and tried to settle on land he knew belonged to the Osage. This image of Charles Ingalls, Fraser writes, “contains elements of moral ambiguity missing from the portrait his daughter would one day so lovingly polish.” Fraser got a head start on her work for this biography when she edited the Library of America editions of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing. Even readers who have already enjoyed those annotated volumes will find a trove of new material in Prairie Fires, which puts the books in a richer, more complicated context without undermining their value. Fraser concludes, “They are not, as Wilder and her daughter had claimed, true in every particular. Yet the truth about our history is in them. …Anyone who would ask where we came from and why, must reckon with them.” —Sarah Harrison Smith, The Amazon Book Review

Related Items:

Buy @!

See Larger Image
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
List Price: $35.00
You Save: $20.95 (60%)
as of 08/14/2018 21:34 EDT Recipes
Book Shop - Cake Decorating - Magazine Shop
DVD - Wedding Cake


Please send mail to PastryWiz with questions or comments about this web site.

This Store is brought to you by
In association with
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

* Information in this document is subject to change without notice. Listed prices are for informational purposes only and may change without notice. Final prices are determined when you place your order.
Product prices and availability updated on 08/14/2018 21:34 EDT.