Lauren Leto

Serious Badass of the Month: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 2, 2010

Originally, I was going to put Laura Ingalls Wilder up as Nerd Girl of the Month, but what about her is nerdy? Wilder is a badass.

I have two words for you: pioneer woman. Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the United States with her Ma and Pa. At the end of her life, she chronicled all her adventures in the Little House series. Laura did cool stuff that I never knew about before reading her books, like: pulling leeches off of her skin, eating Pig’s tail, making syrup and candy, wearing a blue ribbon because she had brown hair while her sister got to wear a prettier pink ribbon because she was blonde (but Laura won in the end, when Mary went blind), living in a house that was built in the ground, fighting with stupid Nellie, dealing with a classroom of unruly pupils, surviving a seven month long winter and marrying a guy who knew how to break in oxens.

I never watched the show and I’m happy I didn’t – I don’t think anything could’ve stood up to the books. My favorite one was probably The Long Winter. That book had some suspense to it. Mostly, the books just made me hungry. Seriously, I think she is the reason I love bacon so much. Wilder gave at least a whole page to describing every single meal.

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  1. AmyLK said, on March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

    She is one of my Fav authors! I didn’t like the TV show. Nothing like the books.

  2. Jam said, on March 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I read all the Little House on the Prairie books when I was a little sprout and I still remember the references you mentioned about things she did.

    I also remember her writing that Mary had wanted to be an author and she hadn’t had any interest in it, something Mary said after she went blind telling Laura maybe she’d be the one to write books and Laura being skeptical. Her telling of the time when her whole family got deathly ill was harrowing too, and then the neighbor came by after they were well and said it was because of the watermelons growing down at the river (which they hadn’t eaten) and her father promptly ran out, got one and ate it.

    Her mother wouldn’t let the girls have a bite.

    Anyway, you’re right, she was definitely one of a kind. I really liked Wilder’s childhood story too and how he learned pig breeding as a little boy.

  3. Rebekah said, on March 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I love Little House on the Prairie! I read the series and watched the first 2 seasons (I know, obsessive). The series, I think, was pretty good compared to the books. And I also agree with you. She’s a badass, and Wilder was even badass-ier.

  4. debkatz said, on March 3, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Aw nuts! Now I have to go out, buy the whole dang series of books, and then READ them. My 90-year-old mom lived off the land and I love to hear her talk about the crap they had to do. “You had to wait until the first hard chill to gut the hog”. “Why is that, Mom?” “I don’t know, honey, it was just the way it was always done.” Mom was a badass, but she couldn’t really explain why….

  5. teadevotee said, on March 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Hell yes. She’s a hero. Remember when the grasshoppers ate everything they had? That creeped me out for weeks….their hideous bulging eyes!!!

  6. Nerd Girl of the Month « Lauren Leto said, on March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    […] Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 10, 2010 Since Laura Ingalls Wilder won as Serious Badass of the Month, I had a hard decision deciding who would win as Nerd […]

  7. Allie said, on March 11, 2010 at 3:09 am

    The Long Winter was my fave too but shit, long winter is right. I lived in South Dakota for four years. Those winters are really no joke.

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