My Life as Laura – a Review

After our trip, I’m behind on everything. I relieved the stress by reading a book. (Isn’t that the normal thing to do when you’re loaded with work? Or any other time, for that matter…)
My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson was just the thing. The book documents Ferguson’s trip to the home sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the popular Little House on the Prairie book series. A quick read, it’s funny, moving, and thought-provoking by turns.

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Stuck in a rut, tired of waiting for a “real” job and a “real” romance, Ferguson wondered if she could find some wisdom—and spunk—from her childhood heroine. Literally following in Wilder’s footsteps seemed to be a way to find out. Ferguson weaves the story of her life with the tale of her trip, finding many parallels between her own life and Wilder’s along the way.
Laura fans should be aware that this is not a book “about Laura.” It is, rather, the memoir of a modern woman who found a way to use something that spoke to her heart throughout her life – Laura and her stories – to find courage and optimism in her life. Also, Ferguson makes clear from the beginning that her trip follows the moves of the fictionalized Ingalls family from the Little House books, not the real Ingallses. Still, fans will find plenty of Laura within the pages of this book.
Ferguson’s sharp writing and openness about her life make a compelling read. I recommend it.

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