The Wilder Life

My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

by Wendy McClure

The Wilder Life

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The author of I'm Not the New Me irreverently retraces the pioneer journeys of the Ingalls family as depicted in the famous Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, identifying its fictional and factual aspects while visiting the historical sites where young Laura grew up.

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As an adult, writer Wendy McClure was drawn back to the Little House novels by Laura Ingalls, based on Wilder's childhood with her pioneer family, who moved across the Midwest in their covered wagon. She loved them so much that she immersed herself in what she calls "Laura World." She churned her own butter with a crock-and-dash churn she bought on eBay. She actually gnawed on salt pork. And she traveled from one Ingalls family home to another, stopping in Wisconsin, Kansas and South

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