Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books
One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
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
Also I thought the narrator's voice was kind of annoying: high-pitched and a bit smug. That could just be personal taste, though.(less)
Metropolitan Books publication.
‘All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth’
This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ‘The Little House on Prairie’ fame.
To say this book on Wilder's life is comprehensive would be an understatement. Caroline Fraser paints a vivid portrait of the beloved author, but still preserves the respect for her novels that have entertained ma ...more
The most riveting part of the book for me was Wilder's contentious relationship with her only ...more
When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. Her Little House books had a major impact on my life and making me the author I am today.
I have read several biographies of Wilder over the past two years, including the annotated version of her original, truer-to-life m ...more
This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biographies of; (1) Laura Ingalls Wilder, (2) her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, and (3) the Little House books themselves which seem to have a continuing life of their own by turning into a TV series leading to a secondary ex ...more
And of course, devastating, all-consuming fires.
I grew up reading the "Little House" books about Laura Ingalls, and like millions of children, I loved them. Being a child of the 80s, I also grew up liking the ...more
BUT, this book also made the real characters quite unlikeable. I realize the true story behind the Little House books was a lot more stark, harsh and depressing than the picture Wilder painted in her children’s ...more
The Homestead Act passed in 1862 which basically gave away 160 acres of government owned land in the west to anyone wh ...more
Railway Barons: "Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder" by Caroline Fraser
I am well into “Prairie Fires” by Caroline Fraser, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder who is best known as the author of the Little House children’s books. I have not read these books nor have I seen what I believe to have been a rather saccharine TV series “The Little House on the Prairie.” ...more
My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first building movie stars home, and then working for the studios building sets, did not suffer, the rest of his family did. He was, if not the sole supporter of his family, of his four, then three brothers, and parents, he was at le ...more
I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with her daughter Rose and I didn't -- although the question surrounding the year of Almanzo's birth was a new revelation. If you aren't well schooled on her life, you will be when you finish this book. It is very detailed ...more
Fraser covered a lot of the same ground from the annotated "Pioneer Girl," published in 2014, but in "Prair ...more
What I liked:
-I definitely have a much better understanding of Wilder and her life. It's clear that my favorite TV show growing up was a far from accurate portrayal of the actual events. (Coincidentally, I happened to catch an episode of Little House on TV while reading this. The one where Mary and Adam are running the scho ...more
The author does such a great job of filling in the real details of the stories I grew up reading (and watching on TV as a devotee of the series— it was the only night of the week I was allowed to stay up until 9pm... ahhh the 1970s...).
I highly recommend this book ...more
You learn the real story of Charles and Caroline Ignalls which their daughter heavily air brushed in her very popular “Little House..” books. Author Carolin ...more
By shear determination and force of will, I finished this book. It's not that the book was bad. The writing was exceptional, but the book as a whole was a hard read. The author had a depressed outlook on a life of a woman who I don't think would share that same view. Mrs. Wilder endured every hardship you could think of, but people say how kind she was and how she carried herself with dignity. I don't think she would have viewed her life in so Dark a lens. If I wasn't already familiar with Li ...more
When PRAIRIE FIRES was on a one day Kindle sale for $2.99, I grabbed the Pulitzer Prize winning biography, expecting an adult experience like I had with Little House. I knew L ...more
There is no sympathy here, either, for Rose Wilder Lane. In fact, the en ...more
Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser’s Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, billed as “The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder”, is a book I was looking forward to reading. Fraser’s biography of Wilder is ...more
I found this book to be fascinating. I had recently re-read the Little House series, surpr ...more
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