Title: The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
Author: Ree Drummond
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Rating: 4 out of 5
When Ree went to college in California, her intention was to never return to her small hometown in Oklahoma. After college, though, she temporarily returned to Oklahoma, a quick break before her planned move to Chicago. And there, in a bar, she meets a man she calls Marlboro Man - a real cowboy who lives on a ranch about an hour from where her parents live. Ree is immediately attracted to Marlboro Man, but they just met - is he worth putting her Chicago plans on hold for? And what about J, the boyfriend that Ree left behind in California?
I love The Pioneer Woman. I am an avid reader of her cooking blog and own her cookbook. I enjoy the self-deprecating sense of humor she exhibits in her cooking posts and am in awe of the success she has found through blogging. Plus she’s from Oklahoma, and let’s face it, there aren’t that many of us! Therefore, when I heard she had a memoir coming out, I didn’t hesitate a second before picking it up. I knew I wanted to read it and was pretty sure I was going to love it.
The Pioneer Woman reads like a romance novel, in the best sense of that word. I personally don’t read the romance genre, but this memoir has all of the thrills, joys, heartaches, and struggles you want out of a romantic comedy, but without the sex (thankfully!). What impressed me about it is that it reads like fiction - Ree has an engaging and fun writing style and the book really flew by for me. As a result, this is a great pick for those who don’t usually enjoy non-fiction, but want to read more of the genre.
That being said, this memoir is a bit on the surface. It’s not about Ree the person and her struggles and fears (though the author is honest about those sorts of things); instead, it’s about her love story, how she was swept off her feet by a cowboy. As a result, if you aren’t familiar with the Pioneer Woman before reading this book, you might be left wanting by this memoir. Ree is certainly a humorous and engaging writer, and although she can be selfish at times in the book, it’s clear she’s being honest, so she’s definitely appealing. It’s just that there isn’t a lot of character development or introspection, something that memoir readers often look for.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed The Pioneer Woman and have no qualms about wholeheartedly recommending it. I enjoyed every second I spent with it; it’s only after I put it down and began to think about it that I realized it wasn’t as in depth as I’d hoped. If you’re looking for a light easy read, a romantic fun story that will make you feel good about life, this is definitely a great book to pick up. And if you aren’t familiar with Ree, I highly recommend visiting her website, especially if you’re interested in cooking, because her recipes are amazing!