Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year 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 The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on...

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Title:Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author:Caroline Fraser
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1627792767
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:640 pages pages

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Reviews

  • Sue
    Jan 16, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

  • Diane
    Oct 20, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

  • Carin
    Nov 07, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

  • Kelly
    Feb 19, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

  • Kathryn Bashaar
    Mar 02, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

    An exhaustively well researched book about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book helps dispel the myths and fiction of the "Little House on the Prairie" series while giving background on the author and times. Despite being deeply researched, the flow of the writing moves the reade...

    I was initially intimidated by the sheer size of this book, but I needn't have worried because it's fast paced and fascinating. Like most kids I grew up reading and LOVING the Little House book series. It filled my imagination and I found myself returning to the series again and again....

    Review soon. ...

    Prairie Fires is excellent. I loved the Little House books as a girl and I enjoyed rereading them with my daughter when she was in elementary school. Laura had such an interesting life and I want to know more about it. Prairie Fires not only covers Laura's entire life, it touches on th...

    I liked this book a lot. I didn't read the Little House books as a child, but I read them with my daughter and enjoyed them very much. The book was more than just a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It put her life and her books in historical context. I didn't know that most prairie...

  • Matt
    Dec 20, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

  • Michele
    Feb 07, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

    An exhaustively well researched book about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book helps dispel the myths and fiction of the "Little House on the Prairie" series while giving background on the author and times. Despite being deeply researched, the flow of the writing moves the reade...

    I was initially intimidated by the sheer size of this book, but I needn't have worried because it's fast paced and fascinating. Like most kids I grew up reading and LOVING the Little House book series. It filled my imagination and I found myself returning to the series again and again....

    Review soon. ...

    Prairie Fires is excellent. I loved the Little House books as a girl and I enjoyed rereading them with my daughter when she was in elementary school. Laura had such an interesting life and I want to know more about it. Prairie Fires not only covers Laura's entire life, it touches on th...

  • Robin
    Aug 17, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

  • Cynthia
    Nov 13, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

  • Catie
    Jan 06, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

  • Melissa
    Jan 30, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 12, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

    An exhaustively well researched book about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book helps dispel the myths and fiction of the "Little House on the Prairie" series while giving background on the author and times. Despite being deeply researched, the flow of the writing moves the reade...

    I was initially intimidated by the sheer size of this book, but I needn't have worried because it's fast paced and fascinating. Like most kids I grew up reading and LOVING the Little House book series. It filled my imagination and I found myself returning to the series again and again....

    Review soon. ...

    Prairie Fires is excellent. I loved the Little House books as a girl and I enjoyed rereading them with my daughter when she was in elementary school. Laura had such an interesting life and I want to know more about it. Prairie Fires not only covers Laura's entire life, it touches on th...

    I liked this book a lot. I didn't read the Little House books as a child, but I read them with my daughter and enjoyed them very much. The book was more than just a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It put her life and her books in historical context. I didn't know that most prairie...

    Thanks to the person who chose this for our book club because I never would have read it otherwise. The grueling life on the prairies prettified in the beloved children's books and tv show is brought into sharper focus with the deprivations and struggles outlined via letters and resear...

  • Naberius
    Aug 27, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

  • Laura
    Oct 06, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

  • Chris
    Jan 26, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

  • Erin Cataldi
    Oct 17, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

    An exhaustively well researched book about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book helps dispel the myths and fiction of the "Little House on the Prairie" series while giving background on the author and times. Despite being deeply researched, the flow of the writing moves the reade...

    I was initially intimidated by the sheer size of this book, but I needn't have worried because it's fast paced and fascinating. Like most kids I grew up reading and LOVING the Little House book series. It filled my imagination and I found myself returning to the series again and again....

  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 11, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

    An exhaustively well researched book about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book helps dispel the myths and fiction of the "Little House on the Prairie" series while giving background on the author and times. Despite being deeply researched, the flow of the writing moves the reade...

    I was initially intimidated by the sheer size of this book, but I needn't have worried because it's fast paced and fascinating. Like most kids I grew up reading and LOVING the Little House book series. It filled my imagination and I found myself returning to the series again and again....

    Review soon. ...

  • Julie
    Nov 29, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

  • Diana
    Sep 12, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

  • Beth Cato
    Oct 23, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

  • Aaron
    Nov 02, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

    An exhaustively well researched book about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book helps dispel the myths and fiction of the "Little House on the Prairie" series while giving background on the author and times. Despite being deeply researched, the flow of the writing moves the reade...

  • Louise
    Mar 08, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

  • Lauren
    Jan 01, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 12, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

  • Amy
    Nov 13, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

  • Rana
    Mar 14, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

  • Evan
    Nov 09, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...

    As children of the 60's and 70's, my husband and I were raised with both the children's book series and the television show. Both of us agree that the first part of Prairie Fires was very interesting, delving into Laura Ingalls Wilder's family history and early life. We're talking abou...

    Congratulations to the author for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, it was definitely deserved. Book received from NetGalley. Read for #NonfictionNovember Love Category, and #TomeTopple I could not wait to get my hands on this book when I saw it was being published...

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fascinating read. I enjoyed every word and learned so much more about the Wilder and Ingalls families. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars ...

    Don't tell anybody but I can't finish this. I'm just to the point where Laura is finally starting to write the goddamned books but jesus wearing a sun bonnet, if I have to read anymore about Rose, I will poke my eyes out. I am 100% here for Laura and 0% here for Rose and her fucking bu...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Growing up, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books and was a fan of the 1970s television series Little House on the Prairie. Caroline Fraser...

  • Anna H
    Jan 14, 2018

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

  • Deanne Patterson
    Dec 03, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

  • Kathleen
    Dec 04, 2017

    Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a 2017 Metropolitan Books publication. ?All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth? This is an incredible biography of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder of ?The Little House o...

    Y'all Rose Wilder Lane was THE WORST. ...

    ?If [Laura Ingalls] Wilder?s life was triumphant?it was a different kind of triumph than we are accustomed to recognizing. She wrote no laws, led no one into battle, waged no campaigns. If we listen to her, we can hear what she was telling us. Life in frontier times was a perpetu...

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. When I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's farmhouse and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, last year, it felt like a pilgrimage to me. Seeing Pa's fiddle, walking where Laura walked, was a soul-deep experience for me. He...

    "Prairie Fires" is one of my favorite biographies I read in 2017. It's about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but there is so much social history here that it's also the story of the American plains. Homesteaders. Indians. Wolves. Railroads. Market crashes. Drought. Tornadoes. Blizzar...

    I know I?m not the only one whose love of reading was sparked by Ingalls Wilder?s books. Prairie Fires is, of course, about Wilder and her family but along the way Fraser provides an enlightening chronicle of American history focusing on the issue of how Native Americans were treat...

    Wow, this just won a Pulitzer Prize for best biography or autobiography. Even though I gave it only four stars, it really is an amazing read, and opens your eyes. ---- My father was a young man when the Depression hit, in 1929. And although the line of work he was in, first build...

    Very close to five stars for me. (And this is coming from someone who never read a single Laura Ingalls Wilder book or saw a single episode of "Little House on the Prairie.") ...

    This biography is thorough, interpretive and page turning. It digests enormous research on the Ignalls-Wilder family and the history of and US policy regarding the areas in which they traveled. It shows how the Homesteading Act and homesteading itself, climate/ecology, and cultural and...

    Caroline Fraser writes as effectively as David McCullough or Ron Chernow as a biographer in her ability to tell a great story and get the subjects she's describing down to their complicated personalities and relationships. This is a tall order with really high expectations for her inte...

    This was unbelievably good. It's a biography about Wilder, of course, but it's not especially sympathetic toward her. Rather, what makes Fraser's book excel is how it's such a historical picture of the time between westward expansion (and conquering--she's not afraid to say as much) an...

    Enjoyed this biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially since Wilder is the author who made me the reader that I am. Well researched, intelligent and an incredibly detailed background about the period in history during which the Ingalls, Laura, Almanzo and Rose Wilder Lane grew u...

    This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records and more, Caroline Fraser gives fres...

    Fraser has done exhaustive research into the life and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures that were involved in their lives, which has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published. Also included are 80+ pages of extensive f...

    Anyone with an interest in post-Civil War American history as well as a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s series should seriously consider investing their time in this book. (Make no mistake, it?s an investment. I?ve read longer books, but this one is incredibly dense...dense, but w...

    Like so many of you I got my love of reading historical fiction as a child after reading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is an immensely researched gritty historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned so much after reading this it was thoug...

    I came for Laura Ingalls Wilder and I got one of the best American history lessons I've ever gotten from a biography. I've read almost every LIW biography out there or have it on my TBR list. I didn't go into this expecting to learn a lot new about her life or her relationship with...

    I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. So much so that I have visited both THE Little House on the Prairie, and also Laura and Almanzo's home in Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote all of her novels. I have read the annotated Pioneer Girl. I have read a lot of random Laura Ingalls Wil...

    Wow. The amount of research by author Caroline Fraser is impressive. The final 20% of the book consists of detailed notes, many of them cite handwritten letters, journals, and manuscripts. Often the author notes differences between the handwritten manuscript written by Laura Ingalls Wi...