Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – paperback
One of The New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of the Year
2017 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Biography
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 who wrote the famous autobiographical books. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography, revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.
Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Homestead Act and the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance.
Offering fresh insight and new discoveries about Wilder’s life and times, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.