Review: Prairie Fires

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful read! I had no idea that Laura and her daughter had such a complex, fraught relationship. I also had a very patchy grasp of the history of the period – this adroitly combines interesting social history with fascinating biographical studies of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. Extensively researched and beautifully written, this a great read even if you aren’t a Little House fan.
-Mrs. P.

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Review: All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While it might seem odd to say that I laughed out loud at times while reading a book primarily about suicide, I did indeed. It is, in equal parts, ironic, deeply sad, and completely hilarious. Incredibly moving, and with one of the best flawed yet believable narrators I’ve come across, this is a fantastic novel about life, love, and loss.
-Mrs. P.

Review: The Hearts of Men


The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t love this. Most of the characters were unlikeable, unhappy, unpleasant, or all three. Normally I like a novel with challenging characters but I just didn’t warm to any of these. I was also alienated by Butler’s use of women primarily as a means for the male characters to gain depth, or simply as damsels in distress.
-Mrs. P.

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