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West from Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Jul 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: autobiography, non-fiction
Read in July, 2010 , read count: 1

I thought of this book as more of a historical document, rather than a Laura Ingalls Wilder story.

"West From Home" is a series of letters that Laura wrote to her husband Almanzo in 1915 during her trip to the World's Fair in San Francisco. Her attention to detail, and descriptions of the fair and the city have now made it an important historical account.

Many of the places that Laura visited are still in San Francisco to this day. From Telegraph Hill to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown to Presidio Park, Sausalito to Golden Gate - Laura explores it all, and with a childlike wonder and enthusiasm that will inspire anyone. The book also features photographs from the California Historical Society that show what everything looked like while Laura was there. I also liked the footnotes and introduction that helped to set-up the story for readers.

This is a great book for those who are interested in the history of San Francisco, would like to know more about the 1915 World's Fair, or who simply love Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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