Pioneers and Prairie Tales

Shelf RenewalNearly a century after is was written, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography, Pioneer Girl, has finally been published. Annotated by her biographer, this nonfiction treasure is currently poised at the top of bestseller lists and could hang on well into summer. For fans of  “simpler times,” recommend these other tales of pioneer life.

pioneergirlThe All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton, by Jane Smiley

The Diary of Mattie Spenser, by Sandra Dallas

Into the Wilderness, by Sara Donati

O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather

Boone’s Lickby Larry McMurtry

These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901: Arizona Territories: a novel, by Nancy E. Turner

The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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