Books Wendy McClure Books by Wendy McClure Wendy McClure has written books about: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Wendy McClure New In Paperback Reflections: An Unlikely Heroine, A Movie Star And A Country Darling April 4, 2012 Novelist Julie Otsuka returns with a tale of Japanese "picture brides" in the U.S., while Kyung-sook Shin explores the life of a Korean mother. Plus singer Shania Twain's account of overcoming poverty and divorce to hold her own as a country music star, actress Shirley MacLaine's ruminations on politics and life, and writer Wendy McClure's immersion in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This reconstruction of the log cabin that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in with her family in Independence, Kan., is based on descriptions from The Little House on the Prairie. Flickr/TheSeafarer hide caption toggle caption Flickr/TheSeafarer The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books An Author Returns To 'The Little House' May 9, 2011 Wendy McClure grew up loving the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder. As an adult, McClure immersed herself in the true stories of Wilder's life, churning butter, eating salt pork, and visiting the tiny, sometimes illegal homes in which the Wilder family lived. An Author Returns To 'The Little House' Listen · 6:48 6:48 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136137419/136149863" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Mito Habe-Evans/NPR What We're Reading Breaking Down The Appleseed Myth; A Deeply Sad Farming Memoir; A Valentine To Prairie Life April 12, 2011 A retelling of the famous Johnny Appleseed myth; a devastating memoir about the birth of the organic farming movement and its effect on a homesteading family; an attempt to discover the secrets of Little House on the Prarie; and an NPR contributor's struggle with the recession and its aftermath.