Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Written by:
Caroline Fraser
Narrated by:
Christina Moore

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2017
21 hours 29 minutes
The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie book series Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls-the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser-the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series-masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and uncovering the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life. Set against nearly a century of epochal change, from the Homestead Act and the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Wilder's dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. Offering fresh insight and new discoveries about Wilder's life and times, Prairie Fires is the definitive book about Wilder and her world. Author bio: Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, and the author of Rewilding the World and God's Perfect Child. Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. She lives in New Mexico.
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Mary F

This book is great if you like lots of facts and dates. Very interesting. Narrator was easy to listen to.

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I got this book with a free credit. While it was interesting enough to finish, I wouldn't recommend it to someone unless they were specifically interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder and/or her daughter Rose Wilder Lane. As another review posted, at least 1/3 of the book is about Lane, who seems largely unstable. The narrative did a great job!

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Jeff Stewart

Held our interest 50% of the time. Way too much on Rose Lane.

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Margaret C.

that was a good book and I plan to listen to it one more time

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