As a child, I absolutely adored the "Little House" books. I fawned over the pages and the stories of Laura Ingalls and imagined her life growing up in the midwest in the late 1800's. They were full of rich detail and you could put yourself into that little sod house or the cabin in the woods or the shanty out on the prairie with FULL detail.
Perhaps it is the fact that decades separated these women and the cultural allowances just weren't the same when Wilder sat down to write out her stories. But in the back of my mind, as I was becoming a young woman myself, I secretly wondered what exactly they did in those days.