I have finished my first Summer Reading Book, West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Laura Ingalls Wilder is by far one of my most favorite writers. All my life I have loved her books and have devoured everything that involves her, including the TV Show. I knew that I was going to enjoy this book and I honestly did. This book showed a very personal side of her and Almanzo’s relationship.
In 1915 there was a huge Fair in San Francisco, CA that they called the “Panama-Pacific International Exposition.” Laura’s daughter, Rose was living there at the time and invited her mother to come visit for several months and see the Fair as well as spend time with her. Laura was very hesitant to leave Almanzo, mostly because of all the farm work that he needed her help with, but she went. She left in August 1915 and stayed until October 1915. She wrote Almanzo almost every day, and described every little detail about her entire trip, so that he could “experience” it with her. This book is basically a collection of those letters published in chronological order.
She went by train and wrote about all the interesting people she met, how she was getting along, she even wrote about how much money she spent on each little thing. She wrote about all the wonderful things she saw and did, not only about the fair but just exploring the city and the surrounding area. She wrote about Rose, her husband, and their work as journalists.
This book also includes 24 pages of photographs of all the events Laura talks about in the book. I found this very useful to help visualize what she was describing. Her writing is very descriptive alone, but the pictures are a neat addition.
There was one particularly funny part where Rose wrote to her father, Almanzo and told him that Laura (who she called “Mama Bess”) was getting “fat.” I was a little surprised by that and it was very comical.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Laura’s writing or the Little House books. It was very entertaining, informative and enjoyable.
On to my next book, Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.
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