Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Old Home Town

by Rose Wilder Lane

This here's the Little House book that wasn't. Rose Wilder Lane is the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder and in 1935 she wrote this thinly veiled account of her home town of Mansfield, Missouri. It's not tied in with the Little House series, but knowing readers will realize that "Mother" is no one less than Laura, all grown up. The book is an interesting peek at life in a small town around the turn of the 20th Century. Ms. Wilder doesn't make it sound too inviting--the social conventions were stifling back then. It reads like an alien culture to this 20th Century boy. But the hopes and dreams of the characters are quite familiar. It's quite an enjoyable read.

You can check it out and still hold up your head in public.
LibraryThing link


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