Caroline Fraser’s new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder takes a close look at fact vs. fiction in the ‘Little House’ books

The first known photograph of the three eldest Ingalls sisters, taken around 1879 or 1880. From to right: Carrie, Mary, and Laura Ingalls. Carrie is believed to be wearing a string of Indian beads, perhaps those collected by her sisters on the day she was born.  (Photo credit: Laura Ingalls, Wilder Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO)

Though we tend to read the “Little House” books as autobiography, they are “heavily fictionalized in many ways,” said Caroline Fraser, author of “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” a fascinating new biography.

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