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Daytime Discussion: “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser

September 26, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


In September, we’ll be reading “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser.  We’ll meet on Monday, September 26 at 10:30am in the Fiction Room of the Library.  After August 22, you can pick up a copy of the book selection from the Circulation Desk or call the Library at 860-582-3121 to make arrangements for curbside pickup.  Large type and audiobook on CD are also available for this title.

You may register for this program by e-mailing gdelcegno@biblio.org.  New members always welcome.

Synopsis: “The Little House books, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading―and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.”


September 26, 2022
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786 United States
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Gretchen DelCegno