Summary

Generations of children have fallen in love with the pioneer saga of the Ingalls family, of Pa and Ma, Laura and her sisters, and their loyal dog, Jack. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have taught millions of Americans about frontier life, giving inspiration to many and in the process becoming icons of our national identity. Yet few realize that this cherished best-selling series wandered far from the actual history of the Ingalls family and from what Laura herself understood to be central truths about pioneer life.
In this groundbreaking narrative of literary detection, Christine Woodside reveals for the first time the full extent of the collaboration between Laura and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Rose hated farming and fled the family homestead as an adolescent, eventually becoming a nationally prominent magazine writer, biographer of Herbert Hoover, and successful novelist, who shared the political values of Ayn Rand and became mentor to Roger Lea MacBride, the second Libertarian presidential candidate. Drawing on original manuscripts and letters, Woodside shows how Rose reshaped her mother's story into a series of heroic tales that rebutted the policies of the New Deal. Their secret collaboration would lead in time to their estrangement. A fascinating look at the relationship between two strong-willed women, Libertarians on the Prairie is also the deconstruction of an American myth.
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By ME on 16-01-17

Very Interested!!

When I saw this book, I had to get it! I am a huge fan of the Little House books and enjoy learning more about Laura, Rose, and how the stories came to be. I own multiple sets of the Little House series, as well as some of the books about Rose, some stories Rose wrote, and Laura's origional manuscript "Pioneer Girl" but none of these books tell how the stories came to be written, at least not enough! I had heard some talk about Rose actually writing the stories and was interested in hearing more about it! This book did a wonderful job of giving this information I so seeked. The narrator did a great job of narrating, as well.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MH on 09-05-18

Enjoyable read

This was all new information for me so it held my interest. I wonder at the title though as discussion of Libertarianism doesn't come until quite late in the book. It does sort of shatter one's image of Laura and the stories, but not in a destructive way - it humanizes and enhances.

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