Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Caroline Fraser

Staff Pick

Many of us have read Laura Ingalls Wilder books as children or watched the wildly popular TV show in the 1970s but I don’t think many of us fully know the real story behind the life of Wilder, her parents, Caroline and Charles, her siblings, Mary, Carrie and Grace, and most especially her only child, Rose.  It’s a story spanning so much American history including the prairie homestead farmers being thwarted by grasshoppers, blizzards, fires, disease and crippling debt again and again. Caroline Fraser’s epic story of the life and autobiographical stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder deserves high praise.  

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ISBN: 9781250182487
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Published: Picador - August 7th, 2018

The Year of Our Lord 1943 -- Alan Jacobs

Staff Pick

Unusual in structure, ambitious in depth and breadth alike, this five person literary biography (Auden, Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Simone Weil, Jacques Maritain) showcases Jacobs’ scholarly brilliance. But it also presents the urgent, probing zeitgeist among Allied country’s Christian writers, poets, and public intellectuals as WWII begins to turn in their nations’ favor. Their engagement with the war’s  — and in particular, it’s new technologies’ —  lasting effects on hearts and minds, on education and the humanist tradition, in one crucible year, deserves contemplation today. 

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ISBN: 9780190864651
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 2nd, 2018

The Art of Loading Brush -- Wendell Berry

Staff Pick

Berry is a master of the poem, of the short story, and of the novel, but it is as an essayist that his prerogatives and perspectives are most full throated. His big heartedness, his far-groping head, and his wizened hands work in tandem to bring the social sciences (all of them!) and the policies of the polis to bear on matters of the heart in this collection of the prolific octogenarian’s essays.

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ISBN: 9781640091580
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Published: Counterpoint - January 22nd, 2019