Modern Laura Ingalls Wilder Chronicles Life in 1960s Rural Montana

Share Article

Author Kathy Rice excites readers with tale of simpler times in new book

he freedom we used to have would be considered dangerous and reckless in today’s standards.

A modern Laura Ingalls Wilder, author Kathy Rice charms readers with her nostalgic tale in her new book, Kathy Run.

Rice chronicles one young girl’s life in 1960s Montana, when family was the focus and technology had not yet taken over the world. The book is based on Rice’s own childhood, but written in a way that takes the reader back to these simpler times.

Rice said the sheer difference between “then” and “now” makes for an interesting story. “The freedom we used to have would be considered dangerous and reckless in today’s standards,” Rice said. “We were free to wander, play around with old machinery, fool around with cap guns. We climbed trees, rode horses and even our recess at school was un-chaperoned. Life was just so different.”

Rice grew up in rural Montana in the post-World War II era participating in covered wagon trips and rodeo competitions, and playing music around a campfire. Shortly after she and her husband were married, they moved to Haiti where they had their first son, and later returned to Montana and Pennsylvania to raise and homeschool her six children.

Rice said she hopes to delight younger readers with her tales of this simpler time. “There aren’t many stories about growing up in rural Montana in the 1960s,” Rice said. “My hope is that Kathy Run sheds some light on the history of that area during that time, and puts a smile on readers’ faces as they learn.”

For more information, visit

Kathy Run
By Kathy Rice
ISBN: 1503537005
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

About the author
Kathy Rice grew up on a farm near Scobey, Montana with her parents, sister and three brothers. Her mother, Dorothy Rustebakke was a prolific writer working as a journalist for the local weekly newspaper, and a contributing reporter to state and national newsfeeds. Kathy participated in several mission outreaches including a wagon train in 1976 that crossed America with Youth With A Mission where she fell in love and married Donald Rice, a graduate of Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania. They lived in Haiti for two years, and returned to Montana and later Pennsylvania and raised six children.

# # #

For review copies or interview requests, contact:
Jade Schwarting

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jade Schwarting
Bohlsen Group
+1 (317) 602-7137
Email >