The Hunger Games

Originality of concept often isn’t as important as the freshness and the vitality of the approach. As the Harry Potter series breathed a vibrant new life into some very old fantasy concepts, The Hunger Games gives a hint of that vitality to the post-apocalyptic survival scenario, at least in the first book.

The Ghost in the Little House by William V. Holtz

The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William V. Holtz, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is rather controversial among Laura’s fans as a major premise of the book is that Rose, not Laura, was the real writer of the beloved Little House series of books.

Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings

Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Stephen W. Hines, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A collection of articles Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in the decades before the first of her “Little House” books came out. For about twenty years before her first book, “Little House in the Big Woods,” Laura was a regularly published writer of articles and essays in regional newspapers and farm magazines beginning in 1911.

Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand, Edited by Kirby Ross

Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand, Edited by Kirby Ross reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule for Civil War St. Louis “Hooray for Hildebrand,” the bandits at the Ste. Genevieve robbery (presumably the ultimately famous James-Younger gang) shouted as they rode out of town. That piece of history as much as anything secured Sam Hildebrand’s place in[…]