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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Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words, by Lynn Sherr

I would rate Lynn Sherr’s book, Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words, 4 stars out of 5. Lynn Sherr does an excellent job of composing the book from historical resources, enlightening readers on  Susan B. Anthony. Sherr clarifies and elaborates many of Anthony’s words so it flows steadily. By letting us read Anthony’s own words, we understand Susan B. Anthony. Who she is as a woman, friend, and as a women’s rights activist. In this book Anthony’s undeterred character and optimistic view shines through the pages. Not only that, you learn that she is humorous, caring, and loyal too.