The Library of America Little House series editor Caroline Fraser will read from her new biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fraser delivers what Booklist calls the “definitive” biography, drawing from unfinished manuscripts, letters, and diaries.
Caroline Fraser is the author of God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church and Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. Formerly on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, she has written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, Outside Magazine, and The London Review of Books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"Engrossing... Exhilarating...Meticulously tracing the Ingalls and Wilder families' experiences through public records and private documents, Fraser discovers failed farm ventures and constant money problems, as well as natural disasters even more terrifying and devastating in real life than in Wilder's writing. She also helpfully puts Wilder's narrow world into larger historical context." —Publishers Weekly