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My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself Kindle Edition
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The prose is solid and the editing excellent, except for the inconsistencies above. Thanks for taking me along in your Toyota!
This book is not a blow by blow description of LIW's life, as there are already bios about her. This is Kelly's journey to define herself as a woman by visiting the sites that another woman made famous. Kelly's writing is funny without being slapstick, and she is able to thoroughly define the characters she meets across the U.S. in just a few sentences. One continuing motif is her relationship with a sensitive, taciturn cowboy/poet she meets in Montana; she contrasts her relationship with "My Manly" (as she calls him) with the courtship between Laura and Almanzo.
I read The Wilder Life, and it was pretty good, but this is a much more personal memoir, and for me, more resonant. The author's voice reminds me somewhat of Sarah Vowell's in Assassination Vacation--fun AND educational.
You should understand when you buy this that it is a travel memoir, and not a book about LIW per se. Beyond that it's just a question of whether the author's voice works for you. Download the sample before you buy.