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Prairie Tale: A Memoir Paperback – February 16, 2010
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Melissa keeps her bumps in the road interesting and never once appears to be reaching out for pity as a means of distracting us from the unpleasantness in her life.
I would have preferred to keep her up on a pedestal but despite the revelations regarding her less than perfect behavior, the book kept my attention and moved along at a good pace. I especially enjoyed the snippy tidbits regarding Kent McCord, Valerie Harper and Sally Kirkland. I'll never be able to think of them the same again. Someone should write a comedy about the SAG meetings!
Lets hope the publicity from the book will bring Melissa back to prime time, or at least another TV movie.
This was a good summer read; you won't regret the purchase.
Melissa Gilbert was one of the truly admirable teen idols back in the '70s and an extraordinarily talented actor to boot. Her story, much of what I already knew from keeping up with her Tiger Beat and People magazine interviews through the years, is incredible and this book just reminds us that what we may perceive as the audience members of someone else's supposed "perfect" life, may very well be quite the opposite.
Gilbert is honest, irreverent, hilariously funny, and even when she's "dropping names" it doesn't feel like anything except that she is grateful for knowing and working with the legends she refers to.
Michael Landon, Rob Lowe, Patty Duke.....all very important people to Melissa - the people who truly shaped her life respectively. And so many more......but it never feels pretentious or "I bet you wish you were me".....she is just 10000% REAL when revealing the ups and downs of her colorful life. And what a life. I am so glad she had the courage and moxy to put pen to paper and share it with the people who've followed her since she was the adorable little girl on "Little House."
I also hope that young, ambitious and up and coming actors read this book because Gilbert is also the picture of dedication and professionalism sans the ego that seems to follow this generation of performers.
Melissa Gilbert is an inspiration. Her life is a wonderful lesson in perseverance, loyalty, and not taking "no" for an answer when you know deep in your heart that there's a better one.
A must read!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were some interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits and fun celebrity sightings, but the self-absorption really got old about half way through. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bookie
Very good read, informative, a new take on her life as an actor and mother and activist. Would recommend for anyone.Published 21 days ago by Arlene Faulkner
Absolutely great book. Melissa's honesty is inspirational. I can relate to someone who calls a spade a spade. Never knew there was so much depth to this woman.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This memoir is full of love, laughter and tears. Takes you not only back to her Little House on the Prairie days, but also deep inside her life and her relationships and loves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lovey Dovey
I really enjoyed this book. I learned so many things about Melissa. I think she is a great person inside and out.Published 3 months ago by M. Alcantar