The Wilder Life
Apr 4, 2012 — Novelist Julie Otsuka returns with a tale of Japanese "picture brides" in the U.S., while Kyung-sook Shin explores the life of a Korean mother. Plus singer Shania Twain's account of overcoming poverty and divorce to hold her own as a country music star, actress Shirley MacLaine's ruminations on politics and life, and writer Wendy McClure's immersion in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
May 9, 2011 — Wendy McClure grew up loving the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder. As an adult, McClure immersed herself in the true stories of Wilder's life, churning butter, eating salt pork, and visiting the tiny, sometimes illegal homes in which the Wilder family lived.
Apr 12, 2011 — A retelling of the famous Johnny Appleseed myth; a devastating memoir about the birth of the organic farming movement and its effect on a homesteading family; an attempt to discover the secrets of Little House on the Prarie; and an NPR contributor's struggle with the recession and its aftermath.