Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
They were cozy and comfortable in their little house made of logs, with the snow drifted around it and the wind crying because it could not get in by the fire.
I found the entire set of Little House books at the neighbourhood thrift store. I already had Little House On The Prairie, but I bought the other eight books for $1.49 each. This first book in the series embodies exactly what I love about domestic fiction: there are so many descriptions of daily life that I could use this set of books as my post-apocalyptic survival guide. Although if I wanted to make head cheese I’d need another reference book to tell me what pot-liquor was.
Wolves and panthers and bears roamed the deep Wisconsin woods in the 1860’s. But Pa Ingalls preferred to live miles from his nearest neighbours. Pa built a snug log cabin for Ma and his three daughters, Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie. He hunted and trapped and farmed. Ma knew how to make her own cheese and sugar. At night the wind moaned lonesomely, but Pa played his fiddle and sang to his little girls.