Have you ever poured syrup in the snow to make candy? Did you ever wish you had a light blue calling card? Have you ever contemplated ”Manly” as a boyfriend nickname? If so, I have a book suggestion for you: The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure.
The Wilder Life follows BUST columnist and Little House fanatic Wendy McClure as she visits the sites from Laura’s life. It is equal parts fandom memoir and travelogue, a project book with the author revisiting Laura’s life through visits to the homesteads and pioneer activities. Reading The Wilder Life inspired me to reread several of the original books, noticing things that I’d skipped over as a child.
While I enjoyed the book, I think those who were children in the 70s might enjoy it a bit more as the author was also a child during the 70s Laura revival. I actually saw the TV show in reruns before I read the books, so my perspective is a bit different.
Wendy McClure has events in the next two weeks in Austin, the Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, and Illinois. She has also written a short ebook of further pioneer life observations.