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Hoda Kotb, author of Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, and co-host of the Today show
“I am always in search of the book I can’t put down. Well, thanks to Melissa Francis, I FOUND it. I may have missed a few nights sleep, but I am so much better for it. Her book is captivating, revealing and ultimately healing. Who knew the kid from Little House on the Prairie had such a fascinating real-life story? I am in awe.”
"Chilling memoir by a Fox Business Network anchor and child star chronicles the misery of growing up with a cruel, controlling and abusive stage mother. Francis' narrative grabs readers immediately. One of those intimate, heartbreaking, doubled-edged stories that is hard to read, impossible to put down."
"Compelling...A thoughtful trek across a troubled family landscape resulting in a bittersweet yet hopeful final act."
A graduate of Harvard University, Melissa Francis grew up in southern California. As a broadcast journalist, she has anchored CNBC’s Power Lunch, The Call, and On The Money, served as a regular contributor to the Today show and Weekend Today Show, and currently hosts two daily business shows on the Fox Business Network. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.
This was a riveting and all too often familiar story of a child star. Melissa Francis is a gifted communicator and tells her story with honesty, openness, and brutal reality. Read morePublished 7 days ago by STwilight
I chose this book after the encouragement of my mom and also the fact that books based on real-life events intrigue me. Learning about others is interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christy C. Asberry
The first half of this book is really engaging as the author recounts her early years as a child actress. It's a candid story, with some fun anecdotes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Frazier
A very good read because it's quite humanly written through and through. The writing is not Nobel material (nor is the subject of a nearly crazy stage mom), but that is not the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda B. Uhry
I really loved the book. It was refreshing to see a woman who turned out so welladjusted after being raised by such a goofy, self centered mother.Published 2 months ago by Myrna Barnard
I couldn't put the book down. Such a tragic story of growing up without a mother's love, and how life can be redeeming through inner strength.Published 3 months ago by Lois Ross