Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

Laura Ingalls Wilder – Pioneer Girl – The Annotated Autobiography, edited by Pamela Smith Hill

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Pioneer GirlWhen I heard this book was in production I was skeptical – who dares tackle such a literary institution? Would it just be another posthumous money-spinner, like the Stieg Larsson and Ian Fleming novels? Or will the Pioneer Girl manuscript be mired in sensationalism, like Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman? So I waited a year while the industry responded. My opinion: it is a serious, thoroughly researched, beautifully produced and objective work. It does not pander to sentiment, and thus reveals so many interesting new aspects of the writer and her life that it is Laura Ingalls Wilder reborn. It is surprising, insightful, strange, sad, and lovely all at the same time. (Continue reading…)

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