My Life as Laura
How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself
by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson

A Robin Miura Memoir Selection

9 x 6 paperback
200 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-44-5
“In this charming, comic, capricious memoir, Kelly Kathleen Ferguson rediscovers her childhood love of a yellow box set of Little House books and embarks on an oddball journey filled with wit, self-effacing humor, and joyful obsession.” 
  — Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

“You won't detect any drawl in this Southerner's voice. Ferguson is witty and edgy in a way that feels entirely fresh. This is stunningly sharp, pitch-perfect writing.” 
  — Neely Harris, editor of mental_floss magazine

“Grab your bonnet and plunk down in the sunny grass. Kelly Ferguson captures the high spirits and struggles of life on the prairie, then and now. A tribute to Wilder, a search for a truer self, a twenty-first-century pioneer journey, My Life as Laura shows us how the books we love lead us to the life we need.” 
  — Eric LeMay, author of Immortal Milk: Adventures in 

“Hilarious, perceptive and true, a homespun story as genuine as the ones that inspired it.” 
  — Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean
Kelly Kathleen Ferguson needed to know—was connecting with her lifelong heroine the key to knowing herself? She decided to find out. Kelly donned a prairie dress and retraced the pioneer journey of Laura Ingalls Wilder. From Wisconsin to Minnesota, South Dakota to Missouri, she explored Laura’s past and her own. Part travelogue, part memoir and part social commentary, My Life as Laura shows how a relationship with a pioneer girl who lived in little houses long ago can give a sense of purpose for today.
Kelly Ferguson’s work has appeared in mental_floss magazinePoets & WritersGettysburg Review (for which she received a Pushcart nomination), McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Brevity, among other publications. She has an MFA from the University of Montana, and is currently working on a PhD in creative nonfiction at Ohio University. Kelly is Libra, Cancer rising, moon in Aquarius. She is Irish/French/ German, lapsed Roman Catholic, and right-brained. Kelly once received a minority scholarship for a machinist certification program at Durham Technical Community College. When Kelly was four, she ate a mothball and had to have her stomach pumped, or she would have died.

Beyond Little House with Sandra Hume
With Clifford Garstang on Perpetual Folly
All Things Girl with Melissa A. Bartell

My Life as Laura Reviews

Sideways: Her Last Costume by Claire Guyton
Reviewed by Cheryl C. Malandrinos at Laura’s Little Houses
A Tale of Three Lauras at Biblioteca
Small Press Reviews by Meghan Piercy
Reviewed by Eleanor Inge in the Mobile Press Register

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