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PostSubject: "The Wilder Life" by Wendy McClure   Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:31 pm

"The Wilder Life" by Wendy McClure



From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books about an 1880s pioneer family, children's book editor and memoirist McClure (I'm Not the New Me) attempts to recapture her childhood vision of "Laura World." Her wacky quest includes hand-grinding wheat for bread, buying an authentic churn, and traveling to sites where the Ingalls family attempted to wrest a living from the prairie. Discovering that butter she churned herself was "just butter," McClure admits she "felt like a genius and a complete idiot at the same time." Viewing a one-room dugout the Ingallses occupied that was "smaller than a freight elevator" prompted McClure to admit that "the actual past and the Little House world had different properties." McClure finally tells her boyfriend, "I'm home," after recognizing that her travels stemmed from her reaction to the recent death of her mother. Readers don't need to be Wilder fans to enjoy this funny and thoughtful guide to a romanticized version of the American expansion west.

Site: http://www.wendymcclure.net/


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PostSubject: Re: "The Wilder Life" by Wendy McClure   Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:38 pm

We've got a thread going where we've been discussing this book at http://lhotp.editboard.com/t5259-the-wilder-life-a-new-book?highlight=the+wilder+life

I'm hoping I'll get an interview with the author.


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