“I'm almost done now but my review so far:
It is a kind of disillusionment to realize all my childhood dreams of Laura are not precisely as they were told. However, the author and I kind of had the same childhood in regards to Laura, wondering what she would do in the modern world, if she would like me, and what her world would be like if I lived there. The author recreates for herself all the Little House things I could only dream of and travels to the places I have longed to go to. It is nice to realize someone had the same longings and ideas while reading the book.”
“LOVED this book! It totally brought me back to my childhood, when I read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books over and over again.”Mrs. Heins wrote this review Wednesday, March 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful treck into a woman's search for "Laura World". Any big gan of the Little House books will chuckle and agree with many of the authors observations.”Archaeoerika wrote this review Saturday, February 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved to connect to my love of Little House. i have been to many of these places. the book itself was mediocre, but I enjoyed the references to people and learned more about the Ingalls family.”Teach Wanda wrote this review Tuesday, February 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting book about a young woman's love of the Little House books and her journey to visit the locations in the book and in Laura Ingalls Wilder's life.”Janet S wrote this review Monday, January 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Wilder Life is both touching and irreverent. The author's lifelong obsession leads her on this terrific journey into a world that is familiar, yet, altogether new. From tracking down a "crock and dash" churn so she can make butter like Caroline Ingalls, to wading in Plum Creek; from purchasing numerous sunbonnets, to meeting girls competing in the Laura-Nellie Look Alike Contest at the Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, MN; and from a surprise during her trip to De Smet, SD, to the meaning found in a visit to the Wilder farm in New York, readers will enjoy following McClure's travels.
This is the kind of book that you have to consider as a whole. There are moments when it feels like McClure is poking fun at the whole "bonnethead" obsession and some of the people she meets along the way. She occasionally uses words that were not made for family TV back in the 70's. She also has her own vision of what faith meant to the Ingalls family versus how it was portrayed on television in Little House on the Prairie and the 2005 mini-series of the same name.
But when you take those moments and blend them into the entire narrative, you come up with a funny, engaging, and moving look into the impact Wilder's books had on McClure's life, and how Wilder's legacy continues to touch the lives of people everywhere. I am thrilled to have The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure as part of my Laura Ingalls Wilder book collection.
“I went into this book hoping to have a celebration of Laura
Ingalls but finished with a sense of loss. Not only does the author smash "Laura's world", but in the end we find out it is all done for her to get closure in her mother's death. Which was just the last weak conclusion in a whole book of weak conclusions. I also did not like the writing style of the author. It was much too conversational, e.g. "anyway, back to what I was saying before". ”
“While I enjoyed this, I think what I was really responding to was my own nostalgia for the Little House on the Prairie series, and I would have been better off rereading those than cracking open this book, which doesn't have much appeal of its own.”Corey M wrote this review Tuesday, December 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No