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Book Talk with Nancy McCabe: From Little Houses to Little Women

Book Talk with Nancy McCabe: From Little Houses to Little Women

Little Houses book jacketA 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.  This Book Talk will delight you if you have enjoyed these books, whether you are 10 or 100 years old, or somewhere in between.

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. 

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.  

About the Author

Nancy McCabe (nancymccabe.net) directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the low residency MFA program at the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing. She is the author of four previous books of nonfiction, and a novel, her most recent of which was published in 2020 by the University of Missouri Press, Can This Marriage Be Saved?: A Memoir. She lives in Bradford, Pennsylvania. 



Thursday, April 22, 2021
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event: Public - Registration Required

Registration is required. There are 98 seats available.

More Information

This presentation is being cosponsored by the University of Missouri Press, publisher of the book From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood by Nancy McCabe (2014). 

For more information, please contact Marie Concannon of MU Libraries at concannonm@missouri.edu.


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