YOU'VE GOT TO READ THIS!

This month's recommendation comes from Beth Picknally Camden, Goldstein Director of Information Processing.

Beth’s recommendation to read:

"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Why I recommend this book:

2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth. As we look back on the year, why not take a moment to celebrate this anniversary by perusing her autobiography? Pioneer Girl was written in the 1930s about her pioneering childhood, but not published at the time. Wilder rewrote and expanded the stories into the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books for which Wilder is known.
 
The book was published by the South Dakota State Historical Society  in 2014, when it became a surprise bestseller. Though the autobiography served as source material for Little House, the careful annotation by Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill reveals how Wilder’s capabilities and imagination grew as she transitioned her writing from nonfiction to fiction. Comparison of the linear autobiography with the fictional storylines reveals just how much drama, depth, and detail Wilder invented for Little House.
 
Don’t be dissuaded by the hefty size!  The many annotations, including historical and literary notes, photos, drawings and maps, make this the perfect book for sampling in small chunks (although fans may want to read from cover to cover).

How you can read Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography:

Penn students and faculty can read Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography online the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center with their Penn ID. Alumni and friends of the Penn Libraries can also borrow our books for a yearly membership fee. Click here for information on how courtesy borrowers can access the Libraries' resources.