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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

  • Clif Hostetler
    Apr 24, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

  • Matt
    Dec 20, 2017

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

    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...

    ?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...

  • Robin
    Aug 17, 2017

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

  • Linda Hart
    Apr 25, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

  • Naberius
    Aug 27, 2017

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Gretchen Rubin
    Jun 20, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

  • Laura
    Oct 06, 2017

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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...

  • Brina
    Jun 04, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

  • Betty
    May 25, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This was a fascinating Pulitzer Prize winning book about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author Caroline Fraser did exhaustive research on the author of the wildly popular Little House children?s series. The author delves deeply into the truth behind these semi-autobiographical books. ...

    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...

    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...

    How much do you know about Laura Ingalls Wilder? If you've only read her Little House books and/or watched Little House on the Prairie on television, you probably don't know as much as you think you do. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder explores the life of t...

  • Chris
    Jan 26, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

  • Julie
    Nov 29, 2017

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

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This was a fascinating Pulitzer Prize winning book about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author Caroline Fraser did exhaustive research on the author of the wildly popular Little House children?s series. The author delves deeply into the truth behind these semi-autobiographical books. ...

    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...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

  • Louise
    Mar 08, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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

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

  • Rana
    Mar 14, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Helga Cohen
    Jul 11, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This was a fascinating Pulitzer Prize winning book about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author Caroline Fraser did exhaustive research on the author of the wildly popular Little House children?s series. The author delves deeply into the truth behind these semi-autobiographical books. ...

  • Anna H
    Jan 14, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...

    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...

    This book is marketed and generally reviewed as the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books. My description is a bit different. This Pulitzer Prize winning book came across to me as a verbal Venn diagram consisting of three major biog...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been an ardent fan of the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was a little girl. I remember my father reading them to me, before I could read myself, and every Christmas for several years, Santa Claus would bring me a book. So I was fascinated to read this thorough account of the...

    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.") ...

    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...

    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...

    This is an excessively detailed history/biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and has been hailed to be "the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published." I found the book tedious but "Little House on the Prairie" devotees wil likely revel in it. At 600+ pages I suggest t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This was a fascinating Pulitzer Prize winning book about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author Caroline Fraser did exhaustive research on the author of the wildly popular Little House children?s series. The author delves deeply into the truth behind these semi-autobiographical books. ...

    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...

  • Beverly
    May 05, 2018

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

    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...

    ?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...

    Spring is my favorite season. It is a time of rebirth, the new baseball season, and the Pulitzer announcement. While not a fan of awards shows that drag for hours, I giddily await the Pulitzer Prize reveal each year with anticipation. It is an ongoing, open ended goal of mine to read a...

    At 515 pages, Prairie Fires asks for a chunk of your time, but I found myself more and more enthralled by it as I read deeper into Laura Ingalls Wilder's fascinating life. What Carolyn Fraser does is tell you the truth behind the fantasy of the Little House books. Fraser is a prodigiou...