West From Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Summary and Study Guide

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In 1915 Laura Ingalls Wilder, a farm wife and writer from rural Missouri had not yet penned any of her classic "Little House" books. She did however write for women's magazines at the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a journalist of the day in her own right.
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This book chronicles Laura's journey to California to visit her daughter Rose during the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the two months spent in California.

Because the letters were written long before Laura herself ever imagined the kind of fame her books would generate, they are homey and timeless. We see the Exposition - and the city of San Francisco - through Laura's eyes. The marvels of city life and the wonders of the Exposition itself are documented by the same author who chronicled her childhood for millions of readers.

It's an insightful look into the life of a writer beloved by countless children. Her works spawned a television series based on her novels and little girls today still delight in reading about life on the American frontier.

This book is for adults, however, and is well worth the read for anyone who ever enjoyed any of the "Little House Books".
The review of this Book prepared by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   American (west coast) Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   moving train Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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