Prairie Tale

Prairie Tale

A Memoir

Book - 2009 | 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed.
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A fascinating, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting tale of self-discovery from the beloved actress who earned a permanent place in the hearts of millions when she was just a child. To fans of the hugely successful television series Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert grew up in a fantasy world with a larger-than-life father, friends and family she could count on, and plenty of animals to play with. Children across the country dreamed of the Ingalls' idyllic life--and so did Melissa. She was a natural on camera, but behind the scenes, life was more complicated. Adopted as a baby into a legendary show business family, Melissa wrestled with questions about her identity and struggled to maintain an image of perfection her mother created and enforced. Only after years of substance abuse, dysfunctional relationships, and made-for-television movies did she begin to figure out who she really was. With candor and humor, the cherished actress traces her complicated journey from buck-toothed Laura "Half-pint" Ingalls to Hollywood starlet, wife, and mother. She partied with the Brat Pack, dated heartthrobs like Rob Lowe and bad boys like Billy Idol, and began a self-destructive pattern of addiction and codependence. Left in debt after her first marriage, and struggling to create some sense of stability, she eventually realized that her career on television had earned her popularity, admiration, and love from everyone but herself. Through hard work, tenacity, sobriety, and the blessings of a solid marriage, Melissa has accepted her many different identities and learned to laugh, cry, and forgive in new ways. Women everywhere may have idolized her charming life on Little House on the Prairie, but Melissa's own unexpectedly honest, imperfect, and down-to-earth story is an inspiration.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009.
Edition: 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416599142
Branch Call Number: 791.45028092 Gilbe 9254ul 1
791.45028092 Gilbe 9254mv 1
791.45028092 Gilbe 9254tv 1
Characteristics: xiii, 367 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)


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Nov 08, 2019

Another watered down memoir that is not linear and all over the place.

Also, Melissa Gilbert describes Mexico City ... "Peter and I had fun exploring the nooks and crannies of that dirty, horrible city. " Mexico City is "horrible" because it's not like... L.A.? I stopped reading after this last description of a major city.

If you want to read a very well written memoir (from someone that happens to be white and privileged) then read "How To Murder Your Life" by Cat Marnell.

Hop back on your covered wagon and leave this in the dust.

triptophan Feb 12, 2017

I read Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert a long time ago. And, it's a very good book . She talks about her drug addiction to wine and cocaine and how she went to rehab to get clean. I highly recommend this book.

Apr 02, 2016

This book is very engaging! I really enjoyed it. Melissa talks about her life and gives details. She was friends with everyone back in the day. She names names! She is very honest about her alcoholism. It's sad though that at the time she ends the book she is still married to Bruce Boxleitner. She has since divorced, remarried, and wants to enter into politics. She needs to write a Part 2 biography! I recommend this book.

Feb 15, 2010

If you like Little House on the Praire, this is for you!

VanessaM Sep 01, 2009

Drinking? Illegal drugs? Plastic surgery? Everything I never knew and never would have *guessed* about the woman who play Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. If you loved the show, this book is a *must* read. Interesting, entertaining and eye opening. Great!

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