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My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself #2020

My Life as Laura How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself Kelly Kathleen Ferguson needed to know was connecting with her lifelong heroine the key to knowing herself She decided to find out Kelly donned a prairie dress and retraced the pioneer journey of Laur

  • Title: My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself
  • Author: Kelly Kathleen Ferguson
  • ISBN: 9781935708445
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself By Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, Kelly Kathleen Ferguson needed to know was connecting with her lifelong heroine the key to knowing herself She decided to find out Kelly donned a prairie dress and retraced the pioneer journey of Laura Ingalls Wilder From Wisconsin to Minnesota, South Dakota to Missouri, she explored Laura s past and her own Part travelogue, part memoir and part social commentary, My LKelly Kathleen Ferguson needed to know was connecting with her lifelong heroine the key to knowing herself She decided to find out Kelly donned a prairie dress and retraced the pioneer journey of Laura Ingalls Wilder From Wisconsin to Minnesota, South Dakota to Missouri, she explored Laura s past and her own Part travelogue, part memoir and part social commentary, My Life as Laura shows how a relationship with a pioneer girl who lived in little houses long ago can give a sense of purpose for today Judy Blunt, author of the national best seller Breaking Clean, says My Life as Laura is Hilarious, perceptive and true, a homespun story as genuine as the ones that inspired it.

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    1. I met Kelly Kathleen Ferguson when she did a reading and some guest teaching at Penn State Harrisburg, where I teach She showed up to the reading in that wonderful Laura dress, had the audience rolling with laughter with just about every line, and was all around great I m happy to say her book is five stars, all the way, thanks to the skewed humor and playful tone, as well as the general concept of the whole project Ferguson is confident and clever with snarky wordplay Laurafan is awesome , and [...]

    2. I wanted to love this book I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and I read it just as I was leaving to go on a trip during which I d go to two Laura houses her and Almanzo s home in Mansfield, MO where she wrote all the books, and THE Little House on the Prairie reproduction near Independence, KS But while it was sweet and hopeful and the height of Laura fandom, in the end it was a little disappointing It just wasn t special enough.Kelly went to a good college and graduate school, but ended up waiting ta [...]

    3. The American pioneer spirit is alive and well in the form of Kelly K Ferguson I thought I was a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, probably America s most famous pioneer, until my first encounter with Kelly Boy, does her enthusiasm put mine in the shade I first came across Kelly when she responded to a blog post I d written about naming my daughter after Laura Ingalls Wilder Clicking on the link to find out about this commenter, I discovered her book, My Life as Laura and I was immediately intrig [...]

    4. When I was a little kid, I basically learned to read because mom read the Little House books to us every night we got read other books, plenty of them, but mom would run her finger along the sentences and every now and then stop and help me sound something out, and keep going I LOVE those books I wrote reports about Laura Ingalls Wilder in grade school in our what would you do with a time machine essay I proposed to go back in time to hang out with LIW, and then bring her back to my present to s [...]

    5. In this witty and candid memoir, author Kelly Kathleen Ferguson shares her journey to follow Laura Ingalls Wilder s travels and how she discovers herself My Life As Laura How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself is at times funny, at times heartrending, and always a reminder that every Laurafan has a story to tell.This is the second memoir of a woman following the travels of America s favorite pioneer girl that I ve read this year Both have their strengths they re funny, well wri [...]

    6. Every job is good if you do your best and work hard L.I.W.I knew I would have to read this book when I saw the cover of a grown woman dressed in a pioneer costume I swallowed The Books whole as a child and, of course, grew up watching the Little House series It wasn t until I began reading Kelly s memoir that I remembered I too had been disenchanted with the T.V show as a preteen The Books simply weren t made for television censors or commercial sponsors who saw big bucks in a sugary sweet versi [...]

    7. My Life as Laura How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson documents Ferguson s trip to the home sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the popular Little House on the Prairie book series A quick read, it s funny, moving, and thought provoking by turns.Stuck in a rut, tired of waiting for a real job and a real romance, Ferguson wondered if she could find some wisdom and spunk from her childhood heroine Literally following in Wilder s footsteps seemed t [...]

    8. I LOVED this book it kept me up most of two nights because I couldn t put it down I learned quite a bit about LIW that I didn t know before, but I especially enjoyed reading a book about LIW that was written by someone I could identify with, right down to our mutual desire to punch a certain singer in the face.

    9. This was a short, delightful read but I felt that it fell flat in the end I didn t get what it was the author felt she learned from her travels, nor what is was that I was supposed to take from her telling of them.

    10. I like ordinary folks memoirs I also completely understand being obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder Not sure why she needed the dress, especially since it made her so anxious, but it was interesting to read about her travels.

    11. This was such a fun book I would never of picked this one up on my own, but a wonderful MUA er suggested it for a quick read and loaned it to me I thoroughly enjoyed Kelly s adventure and wanted to don my own Laura dress , lol.

    12. Interesting from both a traveling to the Laura places perspective and from a thinking about the bigger issues in life perspective Definitely worth a read for Laura Fans.

    13. I enjoyed My Life as Laura I m not a huge memoir reader, because I often find memoirs especially of the how I found myself variety whiney and self absorbed Kelly Ferguson has managed to take a book that could have fallen into this trap and made it funny and self deprecating, nostalgic, and even lovely Still, it was sad I read the book because I also grew up reading the Little House books also, I have considered going on a reenactment road trip of sorts unrelated to Laura Ingalls Wilder What I le [...]

    14. Memoir following the author as she reassesses and refocuses her life headed into middle age and decides to follow the trail of her childhood heroine Laura Ingalls Wilder Funny and poignant.

    15. I don t read much non fiction but I know this publisher personally and I m even better acquainted with the editor who selected this one, so I thought I d give it a try I was captivated by the winsome young woman on the cover, the fuzzy snapshot like quality of the photo just adding to the appeal And then there s the image itself, a grown up woman in a prairie dress and apron standing in a field alone Like Laura, the author is wide open to the world, ready for whatever comes and at the same time, [...]

    16. This book annoyed me to a point that went far beyond the normal annoyance I feel when a book suffers from poor proofreading or an author getting facts wrong, and I think the reason is because I saw so much of myself in Kelly We both majored in useless subjects although I went with English literature and history, rather than philosophy, both spent our twenties working low paying crappy jobs whilst being unsure what we really wanted to do with our lives, and feeling envious of all our friends who [...]

    17. The cover of My Life as Laura is striking It features the author, Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, wearing her prairie dress and a smile, to show her dedication to Laura Ingalls Wilder Yet, what may not be so obvious at first glance is the author s lifelong passion for all things Laura Ferguson s about the author photo is telling The picture is of a young girl in her yearly elementary school photo, but, unlike the usual school photos, Ferguson smiles down in delight as she reads These Happy Golden Year [...]

    18. I just started this, but I need to be friends with this lady This is a million times me than Wilder Life That lady went on the journey to have something to write about, but Kelly really loves Laura and wants to experience it all Kelly capitalizes the Books to show them the reverence and honor they deserve She uses the fonts so you know when she s talking about Little House on the Prairie Tv show vs the Books She did the pilgrimage in a period dress I never thought to dress up for my visits Alth [...]

    19. I suspect that Kelly Kathleen Ferguson like me was one of the rare students in elementary school who actually enjoyed writing book reports It s no surprise then that My Life as Laura, her high energy, infectious debut memoir, takes the form of a book report gone haywire Here, she summons the inner child who took Laura Ingalls Wilder s books to heart and gives her full reign and tools of adulthood in the form a functioning automobile and a credit card on a madcap dash across the prairie The objec [...]

    20. My Life as Laura and how Kelly is my Laurafan doppelg nger.I loved this book I am no good at writing reviews and I doubt that I m suddenly going to improve this time around, but this book spoke to me as if I had dreamed it up myself Kelly and I are about the same age, we both grew up in the same decades and we both have been huge Laura fans our entire lives Her trip is the trip I still dream of taking someday although, I may not wear the garb She speaks of things and people and times and experie [...]

    21. I really wanted to like this book much than I did But it just seemed like something was missing As a child I was absolutely obsessed with all things Little House I read every word of every book I watched every episode of the TV series and, unlike Kelly loved that as well I still catch episodes whenever I can I cooked mini pies and cakes in my Holly Hobby Easy Bake Oven, sometimes while wearing a bonnet hanging down my back, pretending to be Laura helping Ma Obsessed.Somewhere in the midst of Ke [...]

    22. I ve been on a Laura kick lately and have read several books in the LHOTP genre Though oddly I have still never read the original books as I watched the TV show Nonetheless I do enjoy the memoirs by the gals my age who loved the books and have gone on pilgrimages to the Midwest I read Wendy McClures Wilder Life before this one and in fact it turns out when Kelly was shopping for publishers she landed a big one until they found out about Wendy s in the works Wendy s was super funny and enjoyable [...]

    23. This was a fun, enjoyable read and made me wish I knew what happened to my own Yellow Box Set It brought back fond memories of my Laura obsession, my fascination with Garth Williams illustrations and my disregard for the TV show of the same name I was never a Anne of Green Gables person either However, this isn t just a cute little trip down memory lane in a calico dress it s a raw examination of the author s own life and I liked how she wove her road trip story with her own self exploration She [...]

    24. As a book nerd and a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, of course I was going to be drawn to this book As the author visits Wilder s various home sites across the west, her high regard for Wilder and her books is both expected and evident on every page But what really impressed me is how she was able to weave this well loved story of a pioneer girl s coming of age into her own story as a Gen X feminist, over educated and under employed a century later Her tale of a childhood longing for purpose and an ad [...]

    25. I enjoyed this book, it was rather cool to see her adventure visiting each Laura museum place while dressed as Laura Ingalls I think I would like to do that myself My husband thought I was a bit crazy when I said I wanted to, but he would go along with me anyway I think I would write about visiting the locations like she did, but with my own observations I ve read the books many times, and have watched a good part of the TV Series, and even caught a movie now and again on the Subject I was obses [...]

    26. The author decides to retrace the travels of Laura Ingalls Wilder while wearing a prairie dress The first part of the book, I thought she did a good job of balancing information about Laura and about herself, but as she got further on in her travels South Dakota and beyond , there seemed to be less about Laura and about the author I did also kind of wonder why, when she could have gone anywhere after realizing Her Manly wasn t the Manly for her, she still decided to go to New Orleans when she c [...]

    27. Excellent read I, like many I m sure, loved the Little House books growing up This author is equally charmed by the books and has kept her box set She decides to retrace Laura s journey So the book is part travelogue, part memoir, and part historical The author does a great job of describing the fan sites, reviewing the history of the area at the time that Laura and her family lived there, and also giving readers a feel for what the towns are like today I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    28. This was the first book that i won from and i must say i was extremely excited this was the one i won It was a such a good easy fun read and it really gets you thinking about your life and the things you always said you wanted to do I really enjoyed reading Kelly s adventure on following her hero s journey and actually going out and doing itybe one i day i will get to travel around the world and get to see some of the places i have always wished and hoped to like Kelly

    29. If you read the Little House books as a child and loved them, read this book This is a hilarious account of a grown woman Little House fan s adventure as she attempts to trace the steps of the original Laura Ingalls Wilder during a summer road trip Its also a deftly told story of the author s own life journey The part I remember as funniest was Ferguson s dedication to wearing a prarie style, flouncy, Laura Ingalls dress at each stop along the way and how other travelers reacted or didn t

    30. This book was ok Not bad, not really interesting My main impression was that St Augustine was right when he said that our hearts are restless until we find our rest in God The author in this book was angsty, restless, and self analytical to a fault The comments on Rose s and Laura s editor author team were interesting The rant about the TV show was also interesting Other than that, not too much to see here.

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