This book is a well researched account of everyone’s favorite “villain” Nellie Oleson. The Three Faces of Nellie explores one of the main characters from the Little House books by presenting the three real life people that made up the fictional character.
Caroline Fraser take a new and comprehensive look at the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Millions have read the Little House on the Prairie books and watched the television show, but this book goes further into her life and her marriage. The author went into unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records. She fills in the gaps in Laura’s life and her relationship with her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane and her marriage to Almanzo. She also digs into the beliefs that Rose actually wrote the books.
More than eighty years after it was written, fans of the Little House books finally have an opportunity to read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography, on which the popular series was based. In a heavily annotated edition, with maps and appendices that enrich the text, here are her memories of her family and their pioneer life from 1869 to 1888 in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory.
Pioneer Girl was intended for adult readers. She had written for the St. Louis Star Farmer and the Missouri Ruralist, but that writing had generally been about farming and the rural lifestyle. After her parents and her older sister passed away, Laura began, at age 63, to devote herself to writing the family’s experiences in the raw American West. This she did in pencil in six tablets that are transcribed and lightly edited for this edition.
Pioneer Girl tells the story of Laura’s growing up years, from age two to eighteen. Taken by itself, without the annotations, it reads as a rough first draft, with all the immediacy that goes with getting memories down on paper quickly. It is fascinating to hear the Little House anecdotes told from an adult perspective, and to confirm the realities of pioneer life. Laura’s voice feels genuine, and the asides to her daughter make it clear that one of her goals was to preserve familiar stories that were part of the family’s legacy. The other object was to get the book published, in part because Laura had writing ambitions, but probably more because the Wilders desperately needed money, both parents and daughter having lost their savings in the economic collapse at the beginning of the Great Depression.
Kyle Busch that fans love him or hate him. There seems to be no middle ground. Most of the haters fell that way because he wins and steals their driver’s thunder. What most people don’t know is that Kyle is one of the most generous drivers in NASCAR. Kyle and Samantha Busch run a foundation to help underprivileged kids, in addition to volunteering time to assist charities run by other NASCAR drivers. Many are not aware of The Kyle & Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund, a monetary award for in-need families struggling with infertility. These funds will assist with the costs associated with infertility treatment
Ray and Faye Copeland were your average farming couple, but Ray was constantly running a scam. He would buy cattle at an auction, pay with a check, and sell the cattle before the check bounced. After he was blacklisted by all of the auction barns, he hired vagrants to fill in for him and murdered them, then buried them in shallow graves on his neighbors’ land. Ray and Faye were the oldest serial killer couple on record. Both were sentenced to death but Faye’s sentence was later commuted to life and she was paroled to a nursing home.
The bonus story is about Franklin Delano Floyd