Friday, August 2, 2013

Little House Nostalgia

I was studying in Canada when I checked this book out from the public library. Canada is great and all that, but I was really needing some Americana, and what, after all, is more American than the Little House franchise? Wendy McClure is a woman after my own heart, one who completely delves into a topic and is not afraid of going the distance, including driving across Minnesota in search of the Ingalls’ mud house, churning her own butter just like Ma did, and, on one memorable occasion, finding herself making jam with homesteaders in anticipation of the apocalypse.

McClure has a great sense of humor, but never goes so far as to alienate her fellow Laura-Lovers. Her affection for Laura Ingalls Wilder is deep, as is her analysis of the enduring impact the Little House books has had on her life. This is a fun read, perfect for a plane trip or a rainy day. Little House forever! (Oh, and no one will judge you if you just want to go back to the source material.)

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