I highly recommend this book for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House series of books.
My favorite part of Pioneer Girl was reading about Laura and Almanzo's courtship; not nearly as drama filled as depicted in the TV series, but it was very sweet and realistic. Of course, for TV, "sweet and realistic" are not what a lot of people consider to be interesting television.
A lot of what was left out of the children's books were subjects that at least back at the time when the books were published, were subjects considered to be "not appropriate" for children, such as divorce (one of Laura's aunts was divorced), Laura being nearly molested at the age of 13 (Laura was staying with another family at the time to help the mother with her housework and other children), and a neighbor having a baby out of wedlock. So, her life was not as "wholesome" as pictured in the Little House books, but it sure was interesting! But learning about the darker side of her life does not, in my opinion, take away from the enjoyment of the series of the Little House books. The Little House series of books were favorites of mine when I was a girl, and the first "chapter books" I remember reading.
This autobiography is the first attempt by Laura Ingalls Wilder to tell her life story, written even before the Little House series of books, but it is her last book-length manuscript to ever be printed. It reveals the true stories behind the events that took place in the Little House books, and also the many true stories that were left out for one reason or another.Adding to memoir are census data, newspaper reports, photos, and other historical documents. The editor did a very thorough job with her research and her extensive notes throughout the autobiography. Some readers may feel this bogs the story down, but for fans of the Little House series of books, or those who just want to know more about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a fascinating read.