0845 474 4572
info@eurospanbookstore.com

In stock: Usually despatched within 24hrs

From Little Houses to Little Women

Revisiting a Literary Childhood

Nancy McCabe (author)

ISBN: 9780826221476

Publication Date: Feb 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

In From Little Houses to Little Women, Nancy McCabe revisits the children�s books that have shaped all of our imaginations. She discusses the impact that her favorite writers had on her youth and journeys to tourist sites related to their lives, including the Missouri of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Minnesota of Maud Hart Lovelace, the Massachusetts of Louisa May Alcott, and the Canada of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Traveling with McCabe as she rediscovers the books that shaped her, readers will enjoy revisiting their own childhood favorites as well.

£25.95

In stock: ships within 24hrs

  • Full Description
  • More Information
  • Author Biography
  • Customer Reviews
A typical travel book takes readers along on a trip with the author, but a great travel book does much more than that, inviting readers along on a mental and spiritual journey as well. This distinction is what separates Nancy McCabe's From Little Houses to Little Women from the typical and allows it to take its place not only as a great travel book but also as a memoir about the children's books that have shaped all of our imaginations.

McCabe, who grew up in Kansas just a few hours from the Ingalls family's home in Little House on the Prairie, always felt a deep connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series. McCabe read Little House on the Prairie during her childhood and visited Wilder sites around the Midwest with her aunt when she was thirteen. But then she didn't read the series again until she decided to revisit in adulthood the books that had so influenced her childhood. It was this decision that ultimately sparked her desire to visit the places that inspired many of her childhood favorites, taking her on a journey that included stops in the Missouri of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Minnesota of Maud Hart Lovelace, the Massachusetts of Louisa May Alcott, and even the Canada of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

From Little Houses to Little Women reveals McCabe's powerful connection to the characters and authors who inspired many generations of readers. Traveling with McCabe as she rediscovers the books that shaped her and ultimately helped her to forge her own path, readers will enjoy revisiting their own childhood favorites as well.

Reviews

From Little Houses to Little Women brings a refreshing new thoughtfulness to the familiar, comforting act of revisiting our favorite childhood books. McCabe's insightful readings and wryly observed travelogue make this an essential book for any classic children's literature fan." - Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

"From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood is a triple delight. Nancy McCabe takes her readers on nostalgic journeys back into those books that she and many of us read as children, as well as on literal journeys to the settings of those stories and the homes of their authors. At the same time, she presents her childhood responses to works by Wilder, Montgomery, Dickinson, Lovelace, and others, as well as her skillful assessment as an English professor. This layered approach to the literature is both provocative and satisfying. From Little Houses to Little Women is beautifully written, and McCabe is a frank, enlightening, down-to-earth, and immensely likeable traveling companion." - Lisa Knopp, What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte

"As a practicing writer of fiction, I cannot over-emphasize the importance of childhood reading. How enlightening it has been to read Nancy McCabe's account here, to share and compare both our childhood experiences and adult ruminations! Nancy's account of her car tour with her daughter inspired me to make my own visit to Mansfield, MO, where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House books. Childhood reading did more than delight; it resonates in who we are today." - Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife; Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette; The Fountain of St. James Court, or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman
Pages 280
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2018
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Subject/s Literary companions   Travel & holiday   Biography & True Stories   Children's literature studies: general  
Nancy McCabe is Professor and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and a faculty member in the brief-residency MFA program in creative writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of three previous books, including Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption and Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter's Birthplace in China (both University of Missouri Press). She lives in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Post your comment

Eurospan Bookstore