Prairie Fires

The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author: Caroline Fraser
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 1627792775
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 9027
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books. The Little House books, 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.

Out on the Prairie

Author: Donna M. Bateman
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 1607344564
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 8205
A 1 through 10 counting book featuring prairie animals of the Badlands National Park.

Lessons from the Prairie

The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, Success, and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America's Favorite Show
Author: Melissa Francis
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1602863075
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 256
View: 317
"Lessons from the Prairie delivers one belly laugh after another as Melissa tees up an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to tackling life's toughest challenges, and making your life happier." - Megyn Kelly For fans of the beloved TV show Little House on the Prairie, a self-help book by Melissa Francis, bestselling author of Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter and child star of Little House, revealing important life lessons inspired by a childhood on set. Melissa Francis was only eight years old when she won the role of a lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the world's most famous prime-time soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. Now in Lessons from the Prairie, she shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set, and lessons learned from the show's dynamic creator, Michael Landon, that have echoed throughout Melissa's adult life. With novel insights on hard work, making mistakes, and even spirituality, Francis shares inspirational and practical life lessons that will appeal both to her current TV fans, and fans of one of the most adored TV shows of all time.

Phantoms of the Prairie

The Return of Cougars to the Midwest
Author: John W. Laundré
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 029928753X
Category: Science
Page: 200
View: 9890
Last seen in the 1880s, cougars (also known as pumas or mountain lions) are making a return to the plains regions of the Midwest. Their comeback, heralded by wildlife enthusiasts, has brought concern and questions to many. Will the people of the region make room for cougars? Can they survive the highly altered landscape of the Midwest? Is there a future for these intrepid pioneers if they head even farther east? Using GIS technology, and historical data, among many other methods, Phantoms of the Prairie takes readers on a virtual journey, showing how the cougar might move over the landscape with minimal human contact. Drawing on his years of research on cougars, John W. Laundré offers an overview of what has been, what is, and what might be regarding the return of cougars to their ancestral prairie homeland.

No Bad News

Author: Kenneth Cole
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497660491
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 40
View: 8358
It’s time for Marcus to get his hair cut, but today his mom is busy so he has to walk to the barbershop alone. On the walk there, Marcus sees a lot of bad news—buildings covered in graffiti, people drinking outside a liquor store, and police cars everywhere. By the time he reaches Mr. Jackson’s barbershop, he feels pretty low. Mr. Jackson and everyone else in the shop can see that Marcus is upset. One by one, they tell him all about the good news that’s in their neighborhood. As Marcus walks home, he not only sees good news, he decides he’s going to be good news.

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Author: Alison Arngrim
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062000101
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 7762
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim’s comic memoir of growing up as one of television’s most memorable characters—the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House: the classic television series and its many stars like Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert; Gilbert’s bestselling memoir Prairie Tale... and, of course, the beloved series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that started it all.

The Prairie

A Tale
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Publisher: N.A
Page: 526
View: 6829

Little House on the Prairie

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Publisher: Egmont Books (UK)
ISBN: 9781405264143
Category: Children's stories
Page: 243
View: 3355
Classic tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder about life on the frontier and America’s best-loved pioneer family. The sun-kissed prairie stretches out around the Ingalls family, smiling its welcome after their long, hard journey across America. But looks can be deceiving and they soon find that they must share the land with wild bears and Indians. Will there be enough land for all of them? Little House on the Prairie is the sequel to Little House in the Big Woods and On the Banks of Plum Creek. Beautifully bound in this gift book edition from the Egmont Heritage range, Little House is now even more of a book to be cherished and shared.

The Wilder Life

My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
Author: Wendy McClure
Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1594485682
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
View: 5027
The author of I'm Not the New Me irreverently retraces the pioneer journeys of the Ingalls family as depicted in the famous Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, identifying its fictional and factual aspects while visiting the historical sites where young Laura grew up. Reprint.

Portable Prairie

Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner
Author: M. J. Andersen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429901260
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 8480
In a moving and bittersweet story, M.J. Andersen chronicles her childhood and adolescence in South Dakota, her departure to forge her own life, and her persistent longing for the landscape she left behind. Her hometown, given the fictional name of Plainville, is so quiet that one local family regularly parks by the tracks to watch the train pass through. Yet small-town life and, especially, the prairie prove to be fertile ground for Andersen's imagination. Exploring subjects as seemingly unrelated as Roy Rogers and Tolstoy's beloved Anna Karenina, she repeatedly locates a transcendent connection with South Dakota's broad horizon. Andersen introduces us to her hardworking newspaper family, which produces one of Plainville's two competing weeklies; to Job's Daughters, a Christian association intended to prepare young women for adversity (Plainville's chapter assumes the added responsibility of throwing the town's best teen dances); and even to a local variety of hardy alfalfa, to which her best friend has a surprising kinship. Leaving behind her physical home, Andersen travels East for college, remaining to begin a journalism career. With her husband she eventually settles into her first house, a beautiful Victorian that, though loved, somehow does not feel like home in the way she had anticipated. Through subsequent travels, memories, and a meditation on Tolstoy's complex relationship to his ancestral home, she arrives at a new idea of what home is -- one that should resonate with every American who has ever had to pull up stakes.

A Walk in the Prairie

Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 1575051532
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 4331
Describes the climate, soil, seasons, plants, and animals of the North American prairie and the ways in which the plants and animals depend on each other and their environment to survive.

Addie Across the Prairie

Author: Laurie Lawlor,Gail Owens
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671701479
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 128
View: 8979
Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie.

All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

Author: David Gessner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393246787
Category: Nature
Page: 320
View: 6850
An homage to the West and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it. Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. These two great westerners had very different ideas about what it meant to love the land and try to care for it, and they did so in distinctly different styles. Boozy, lustful, and irascible, Abbey was best known as the author of the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (and also of the classic nature memoir Desert Solitaire), famous for spawning the idea of guerrilla actions—known to admirers as "monkeywrenching" and to law enforcement as domestic terrorism—to disrupt commercial exploitation of western lands. By contrast, Stegner, a buttoned-down, disciplined, faithful family man and devoted professor of creative writing, dedicated himself to working through the system to protect western sites such as Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. In a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling, and by an ever-growing population that seems to be in the process of loving the West to death, Gessner asks: how might these two farseeing environmental thinkers have responded to the crisis? Gessner takes us on an inspiring, entertaining journey as he renews his own commitment to cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild, confronting American overconsumption, and fighting environmental injustice—all while reawakening the thrill of the words of his two great heroes.

Our Lady of the Prairie

Author: Thisbe Nissen
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 1328662071
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 5901
A sharp and bitingly funny novel about a professor whose calm-ish midwestern life gives way to a vortex of crises--and her attempts to salvage the pieces without going to pieces herself In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad--long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter--grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny's wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband. Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage. Set in the seething political climate of a contentious election,Thisbe Nissen's new novel is sexy, smart, and razor-sharp--a freight train barreling through the heart of the land and the land of the heart.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Author: Kerry Lee MacLean
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN: 0807593052
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 924
What can you do when you’re mad, sad, or anxious? Find a quiet spot, sit, and breathe. When you meditate every day, your mind stays happy, and even bad days are a little easier.

The Prairie

Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1775453766
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 1069
Pining for a tale of frontier life on the vast prairie? Settle in with this novel from James Fenimore Cooper, the fifth and final installment in his Leatherstocking Tales series, which follows the exploits of one Natty Bumppo, a trapper living out his twilight years in the wide open spaces of the Midwest.

Of Prairie, Woods, & Water

Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing (Large Print 16pt)
Author: Joel Greenberg
ISBN: 1459606159
Page: 742
View: 3628
In the literary imagination, Chicago evokes images of industry and unbridled urban growth. But the tallgrass prairie and deep forests that once made up Chicago's landscape also inspired musings from residents and visitors alike. In Of Prairie, Woods, and Water, naturalist Joel Greenberg gathers these unique voices from the land to present an unexpected portrait of Chicago in this often charming, sometimes heart-wrenching anthology of nature writing. These writings tell the tale of a land in transition - one with abundant, unique, and incredibly lush flora and fauna, a natural history quite elusive today. Drawing on archives he uncovered while writing his acclaimed A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Greenberg hand-selected these first-person narratives, all written between 1721 and 1959. Not every author is familiar, but every contribution is distinctive. From a pioneer's hilarious notes on life in the Kankakee marsh to Theodore Drieser's poignant plea for conservation of the Tippecanoe River to infamous murderer Nathan Leopold's charming description of a pet robin he kept in prison, the sources included are as diverse as the nature they describe. The excerpts conclude with insightful biographical essays and traverse a wide area of greater Chicago land, from the Illinois River to southwest Michigan, from southern Wisconsin to the Limber lost swamp of northeastern Indiana. A fascinating record of Chicago's changing environmental history, Of Prairie, Woods, and Water captures the natural world in a way that will inspire its continued conservation.

Prairie Rising

Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention
Author: Jaskiran Dhillon
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442614714
Category: Education
Page: 326
View: 2666
Prairie Rising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face of settler colonialism in Canada through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-state relations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's largest city.

The Crowded Prairie

American National Identity in the Hollywood Western
Author: Michael Coyne
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781860642593
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 239
View: 3027
This book employs the Hollywood Western as a medium for examining the many tensions - political, racial, sexual, social and religious - which have beset modern America. The author discusses the changes in the genre itself over the years.


images of ground and sky
Author: Terry Evans
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
Category: Nature
Page: 71
View: 5217
Photographs show fires and storms on the prairie, as well as grasses, wildflowers, and wildlife