Caroline Fraser will present Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Caroline Fraser will Present her New Hardcover Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

ABOUT CAROLINE FRASER:  Caroline Fraser is the Editor of the Library of America Edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books, and the Author of Rewilding the World and God's Perfect Child.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and The London Review of Books, among other publications.  She lives in New Mexico.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved Author of the Little House on the Prairie Books.

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls--the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser--the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series--masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder's real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children's books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading--and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder's dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, December 05, 2017, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center The Story Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64157

EVENT FORMAT: Caroline Fraser will Present her New Hardcover Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder and answer audience questions.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Caroline Fraser will Author Autograph her New Hardcovers that are purchased from Rainy Day Books at this Event.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.MyMCPL.org/Events or Call the Library at 816-883-4900.  Rainy Day Books will have Caroline Fraser’s Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Woodneath Library Center
8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157
$35.00
SKU: A9781627792769

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.


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