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Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter: A Memoir Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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“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."
"Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter is touching and brave, heartbreaking and inspirational...I simply loved it."
"[A] superb family memoir."
―The Washington Post
"[A] memoir...that you will never forget. It is captivating, revealing, and had me glued to the pages."
"What makes Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter so compelling aren't just the behind-the-scenes details but the spirited conclusion."
"The against-all-odds story...is, by turns, harrowing, shocking, and inspiring. Ultimately, it is a celebration of Francis' greatest role: survivor."
―Elle.com Reader's Choice blog
"Melissa Francis' story is riveting. The book is the perfect antidote for the 'Tiger Mom' syndrome that seems to be gaining traction in today's society...If you want to be inspired to reach beyond what you were taught as a child, get this book now."
―Melissa Gilbert, author of the bestselling "Prairie Tale: A Memoir"
About the Author
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.
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There is a reason that I wasn't able to give this book 5 stars. At times, I felt a real disconnect with Melissa. The first being, she really negates and at times almost belittles her time on LHOTP. I realize that being on Little House was a job just like anything. But it was a beloved series to many and not everyone got to work there. It was an honor, and instead of at least showing respect for that, she was very dismissive of the whole experience. But more importantly, there was one part of the book where she described being detailed by a plane crash in which there were fatalities. Instead of showing compassion, she complained that she was being held up. In addition, she became angry and said that it was the fault of the people in the plane, that they should have not been flying in something unsafe in the first place. Sometimes, it cannot be helped. People have to use small planes for work and for traveling to smaller airports. You can't even sit in your living room in some cities anymore without being shot through the window. Things happen. I just feel that she seems to have hardened as a person, understandably so. But it can still put others at a disconnect.
That being said, overall, it is a very well-written story and I wish Melissa continued success in her life.
After Tiffany's long time doctor strongly recommended psychological counseling, the parents refused to get her help and simply ignored her and her downward spiral. As Melissa's story continued to unfold, it seemed that she also became less and less compassionate toward her sister. I was surprised at some of the negative comments that Melissa began to make about Tiffany, knowing that Tiffany was being abused by her mother and that no one would get her medical help. For example, since Melissa knew her sister's issues were getting worse, why on earth did she even ask her to be in her wedding???
This was such a tragic story that did not have to happen if someone had cared enough to intervene in the mother's AND Tiffany's struggles to maintain sanity. While Melissa was able find success and happiness, she will forever have the emotional scars from her mother's abuse and her father's apathy.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes nonfiction, or who is curious about how children become involved in acting. In addition, I would recommend this book to anyone with children or caretakers of children. If the lessons from this book could help parents, caretakers, and teachers tune in to mental illness and its negative effects, perhaps other children and families could be spared all the heartaches involved.