Pioneer/Homesteading/Country Life books
May 7, 2014 9:07 AM Subscribe
I love reading books about homesteading and pioneer living that are more than just how to's. I'm looking for something like Laura Ingles, but for adults. Some examples of what I've enjoyed and a snapshot of my bookshelf below the fold.
posted by julie_of_the_jungle to Home & Garden (27 answers total) 69 users marked this as a favorite
On my bookshelf I have a section of books
that fit this criteria to varying degrees. The Encyclopedia of Country Living has interesting facts but no narrative, My Antonia had narrative but little glimpse into the details of how things were accomplished, Pioneer Women has been the best mix I've found since it's a compilation of diaries interspersed with commentary from a historian. Food in Jars is also a favorite because along with the recipes the author tells stories of her family. I also enjoyed The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking for the facts combined with chatty stories.
Tldr: Help me find books that combine useful information about homemaking/Homesteading/General household tasks with engaging narrative. Thanks!