""The Wilder Life" is a tribute to the "Little House" books that's both reverent and irreverent-in a thoughtful, hilarious way. I couldn't put it down."
-Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project"
"Mandatory reading for all "bonnetheads" - and the people who love them!"
-Alison Arngrim, TV's Nellie Oleson and "New York Times" bestselling author of "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch"
"Wendy McClure's "The Wilder Life" evoked so much of an almost palpable nostalgia that I felt like I was walking into my childhood dollhouse every time I opened the book. I absolutely loved this book."
-Julie Klam, author of "You Had Me at Woof "
""The Wilder Life" perfectly captures the wistful, poignant, goofy nature of Little House lust. It also offers some important lessons on late 19th century land rights and butter churning. Now that's my kind of book!"
-Meghan Daum, author of "Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House"
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After her mother�s death, McClure rediscovered Laura Ingalls Wilder�s Little House books. Fascinated with the lifestyle the books evoke, she began a journey to discover Wilder and the culture and the tourism industry that have sprung up around her. McClure is a blogger, and this memoir is at its best when she recounts a project, whether it be churning butter or visiting Wilder�s homes. Equally engaging is her research into Wilder�s life, literary controversies, and the social history that allowed the books to take on a life of their own. Unfortunately, McClure also finds it necessary to recount every clever thing she and her boyfriend ever said to each other about pioneer life. She also struggles with how to describe fans who are different from her without succumbing to patronizing stereotypes. Toward the end of her journey, she connects her interest in the books to her own family situation, and readers are left with genuine affection for her. Prairie lovers will thrill to follow the journey of one of their own. --Marta Segal Block