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Author: Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'Brien

What We See in the Prairie

In the age of confessional memoir, it is no surprise a first-person account of growing up includes scenes of poverty, unwanted sexual advances from a teacher, and illness. But what has drawn so many readers to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography, Pioneer Girl, is our memory of its narrator and the way she approaches calamities with a gentle stoicism in her beloved Little House books. It is as if in the telling of them she reassures us that we, too, will survive our prairies, our own long, hard winters. The new book, a massive undertaking of textual and visual annotations of Wilder’s autobiography from the South Dakota State Historical Society, has...

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