The World Of Laura Ingalls Wilder – by Marta McDowell (2017)

If you enjoy the study of maps, geography and horticulture, you will likely appreciate this book. The author has gone through all the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived, both as a child and as an adult, and pointed out the uniqueness of each. Every page of the book includes an illustration – a map from the 1800s, a sketch of a plant or tree, pictures from the first edition of her books, some of Garth Williams’ illustrations from later publications, advertisements from that era, and actual photographs of Laura and the places she lived.

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Bunker: Building For The End Times – by Bradley Garrett (2020)

It took me a ridiculous amount of time to read this book. “Bunker” is a very detailed, dense account of the bunkers that the author visited, and the interviews he did with the people who set up each one. There were a variety of motivations for why people built them, and a wide range of styles and price tags.

Mr. Garrett gave a good history of how people have been building places of refuge for thousands of years. It seems to be in the nature of humans to have somewhere to flee in times of trouble. The trouble might be a conquering army from another country, robbers, rapists, extreme weather, a pandemic, or the end of the world.

Mr. Garrett’s quest to see actual bunkers took him to Kansas, Texas, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Utah, and Indiana. Some of the structures were quite basic, others were high-tech and only affordable to millionaires. Some of the builders had strong religious beliefs that propelled them to building bunkers, others were simply real estate investors looking to make a lot of money from frightened people.

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