West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is classified as children’s lit on Amazon, but I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this as a child the same way I enjoyed Little Town On The Prairie. It’s for those who want to follow Laura into the world of adult interests and mature sensibilities. These letters were written after her boring trip diary On The Way Home but before the exquisite Little House books. The writing style is an obvious link between the two, and I am really impressed at the difference practice makes.



In 1915, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled by train from her home in Missouri to San Francisco. Laura’s westward journey to visit her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, coincided with a spectacular event taking place in that city – the Panama Pacific International Exposition. This was a great world’s fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal, and Laura was amazed by the attractions that had been gathered there. Her husband, Almanzo, was unable to leave their Missouri farm, and it was Laura’s letters that gave him the chance to see what she saw during her visit to California. These letters, gathered together here, allow the reader to experience Laura’s adventures and her intimate thoughts as she shared with her husband the events of her exciting sojourn.