"If you loved Wilder's books, or if you garden with a child who loves her books, you will enjoy the read." --San Francisco ChronicleIn this revealing exploration of Laura Ingalls Wilder's deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You'll learn details about Wilder's life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn how to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder's books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure that honors Laura's wild and beautiful life.
- ISBN-13: 9781604697278
- ISBN-10: 160469727X
- Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
- Publish Date: September 2017
- Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.55 pounds
- Page Count: 390
Lifestyles: Help for houseplants
Ever had a potted plant go kaput? (Related: Are you human?) Alas, there may be no magic spell to keep all our houseplants happy and healthy, forever after. But armed with the cute new How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged, I imagine my success rate will tick up a few points. Colorfully illustrated, easy to read and handily condensed, this guide covers 119 plants, all laid out in the first few pages as a visual table of contents. Each of the most common household plants gets a spread with basic tips on location, light, watering and care. Callouts suggest the most likely signs of distress followed by “Save It” advice, and a sidebar lists other plants with which to “Share the Care.” There are also roundups of the top five plants for your desk, bathroom, living room, low-light and sunny spots. I can think of no better housewarming gift, or dash of retail therapy, than a pretty plant and a copy of this book—just in case.
LITTLE HOUSE LOVE
Last year, my then-8-year-old daughter hit what I now think of as the Little House stage. She devoured the series, with me reading a few to her, and I was equally enchanted, having missed that stage in my own childhood. Marta McDowell’s The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder opens up her world in a new way, with a focus on the diverse flora encountered and cultivated by the Ingalls family. Think of it as a deep dive into the real landscapes of that time—part geography, part history lesson and part naturalist guide to the Midwest settings of the Little House series. (McDowell recommends reading those books alongside this one.) Two shorter sections advise readers who want to road trip to Wilder’s various homes or grow some of the same plants her family once did. This book is a well-researched treat for Little House fans, especially those with an abiding love of the natural world.
TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
In the introduction to City Farmhouse Style, designer Kim Leggett describes her grandmother’s approach to decorating, which was really no style at all: “I believe it was more about originality and comfort and creating something that comes from the soul and the hands,” she writes. Of her own in-town apartment, she says, “I sought out old pieces with a storied past, mismatched tables and chairs, odd fragments that hung on the wall, and scraps that were never intended to be part of home décor in the first place.” For Leggett, today’s farmhouse style is one that “recognizes no boundaries. It embraces an eclectic mix of periods and aesthetics, combining the traditional farmhouse of decades ago with modern trends of today.” Here, Leggett provides beautiful examples, from a Gothic Revival farmhouse in Tennessee to Brooklyn brownstones and every kind of dwelling in between. You’ll see how old and new can pair seamlessly and glean ideas for lighting, repurposing furniture, creating art from salvaged pieces and working with small spaces. Even if you think you’re not a farmhouse type, prepare to dog-ear some pages.