This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. Her classic coming-of-age story, told through the beloved Little House books, still resonates today as an iconic story of American identity. The inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books was born from a life lived in partnership with the land, on homesteads she and her family settled across the Midwest.
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a revealing exploration of the pioneer writer’s deep connection with the natural world. Following the trail of the Little House series—from Wisconsin to the Dakotas to Missouri—best-selling author Marta McDowell shares intimate details about Wilder and the plants, creatures, and landscapes that are so integral to her stories, they are practically their own characters. Featuring the beloved illustrations from the original books and hundreds of historical and contemporary photographs. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a must-have treasure for anyone enchanted by Laura’s wild and beautiful life.
Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel. Her previous books include Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, and All the Presidents’ Gardens.