Posts Tagged: Little House on the Prairie

The End of the Road

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At The Establishment, Anne Theriault recounts driving out West to see the house of her childhood heroine Laura Ingalls, and what it taught her about the horrific underpinnings of the American Dream:

And then we passed a mural with a confederate flag and I felt that hot prickle of shame and fear—fear because of what the flag means and shame because of how cluelessly white it is to be able to walk around rural Missouri and smile blithely at everyone and never once think about the color of my skin… Which is not really so different, after all, from being able to read through the Little House books and ignore the genocidal foundation Laura’s adventures are built on.

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Colorama

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How does one scene impress itself on us, so that we remember it better than we should if we were in it? Or rest, just below the surface, present, but unnoticed? ...more

The Jewish Little House on the Prairie

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Sydney Taylor’s beloved children’s classic All-of-a-Kind Family is being resurrected by Lizzie Skurnick books. The series of books follows the lives of a Jewish family of four girls and their brother living in pre-WWI New York.

These are not only personal favorites of mine and personal favorites of readers, they’re a piece of a very important period in New York history and in Jewish history,” said Skurnick.

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Pioneer Women

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My own mother bought our clothes at the mall. She didn’t allow pork in the house and mostly cooked curry. The saris she wore didn’t require needlework.

Growing up in Wyoming, Nina McConigley longed for an authentic pioneer life like she read about in the Little House on the Prairie books—and resented her mother, an immigrant from India, for not teaching her how to quilt or even bake cookies.

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Fact-Checking Little House on the Prairie

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Several months ago, Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s account of her family’s brush with a trio of serial-killer siblings and her decision to leave the gruesome tale out of her Little House on the Prairie books.

The details of Wilder’s story didn’t quite add up, which prompted Koerth-Baker to ask questions about the nature of childhood memories and the entire memoir genre.

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