Lately, I seem to have the Little House books on the brain. This is partly because I happen to love them (dresses! covered wagons! sod houses and log cabins and buggy rides and lemonade!), but mostly because I just read The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure.
If you, too, are a Little House fan, you should read this book. And if you are reading my blog, Wendy McClure, you should be my friend. My parents live in Chicago. Next time I visit, we should totally churn some butter and talk about life in Laura World.
The Wilder Life is a great blend of memoir, travelogue, love letter to Laura Ingalls, and exploration of the world behind the books and the world of Laura fans in all their variety. (Pro Tip: In 2011, “homesteading” doesn’t mean what you think it means.)
I loved getting to learn more about the real lives of the Ingalls and Wilder families without having to do the research myself. I loved McClure’s approach: humorous but not snide, educational but not dense, personal but not narrow. And I loved remembering the best and worst moments of the books along with her. (Not the TV show–my new friend Wendy and I never watched it growing up, and I have still never seen a single episode in full. That’s not my Little House.)
Also! Even though I myself am not tweeting on the Twitter (as the kids undoubtedly say), I am following Laura Ingalls on Twitter through Google Reader. (Pro Tip: Wendy McClure tweets as Halfpintingalls–don’t you want to be her friend now, too?) And guess what? Thanks to Wendy, Laura also has an Amazon wish list, with everything a girl needs for The Long Winter.
Thanks, Wendy McClure, for keeping everyone’s favorite pioneer girl up to date. I bet Nellie Oleson is absolutely green with envy.