Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Review: "The Wilder Life" by Wendy McClure
The Wilder Life is a loving, irreverent, spirited tribute to a series of books that have inspired generations of American women. It is also an incredibly funny first-person account of obsessive reading, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones-and find that our old love has only deepened.
My Thoughts: This book was adorable. I was a huge a Little House fan when I was a kid and have read all of the books in the series multiple times. I, even, had Mary and Laura dolls, the Little House cookbook and one of Laura's biographies. This book made me remember how much I loved all things Little House. It was great to follow the author as she traveled to all of the historical sites and tried to do things like make vanity cakes and churn butter. It was also interesting to to read about the real Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family and the differences between the real family, the books and the television show. I do think that the author built up her 'Laura World' a little too much; it seemed like every time she visited a different site, she was disappointed because it wasn't as awesome as she had hoped it would be. Overall, this was a light, fun read that took me back to my childhood. I only live a few hours from one of the Little House sites and upon finishing the book, I told the hubs that we are definitely going to visit it this year. If you were a Little House fan, I think you will enjoy this book. 3 stars.