The Wilder Life

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The Wilder Life

My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

By Wendy McClure

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485688, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places she's never been to, yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things "Little House" exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura's hometowns. Whether she's churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of the Laura experience. The result is an incredibly funny first-person account of obsessive reading, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones and find that our old love has only deepened.

About the Author
Wendy McClure has been writing about her obsessions both online and in print for nearly a decade. In addition to her 2005 memoir, I m Not the New Me, she is a columnist for BUST Magazine and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine. McClure holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She lives in Chicago, where she is senior editor at the children s book publisher Albert Whitman & Company.