Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere

Morrow. Nov. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780062962751. $26.99. BIOG
Drummond, author of several books including The Pioneer Woman Cooks, has built a brand for herself based on her popular website, The Pioneer Woman, and cooking show of the same name. This personal memoir tells the story of finding strength and resiliency by living on and with the land. The author shares her struggles of marriage, parenting, and even cooking with humor and reliability, while also spotlighting details of life “in the middle of nowhere” that lend a spirit of Little House on the Prairie–style nostalgia. As on her blog, Drummond candidly shares anecdotes about becoming a homeschooling family, encouraging her children to work on the ranch while accepting that they might not want to, and developing cooking and laundry routines during quarantine. Illustrations by Joel Holland add creativity between chapters. Also included are personal touches, such as a recipe for Drummond’s favorite sandwich during quarantine and recollections of both beloved and unremarkable family vacations.
VERDICT Quirky and fun, this book offers a combination of practical tips, amusing stories, and moments of whimsy like the author’s list of ways to “add sparks to your marriage” by hiding a plastic snake in the house. A treat for fans of Drummond.

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