- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Weinstein Books (November 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602861722
- ISBN-13: 978-1602861725
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 449 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I was expecting a Mommie Dearest meets Gypsy sort of book, however what I got was something decidedly more disturbing which begged the question as to whether the child or the mother was the performer. Melissa Francis need not worry about being accused of exaggeration. Her mother was the stage mama horror that often is portrayed in the media, but Melissa manages to tell her story truthfully without embellishments and avoids any attempt to sensationalize the difficult situation that she, her father, and sister found themselves as her mother's outrageous behavior escalated.
In Melissa's case and that of her older sister, her mother is beyond pushy. She plays psychological games with her daughters to wear down their confidence and security. For Melissa's mother it is all artifice and status symbols such as the BMW that Melissa gets for her birthday. It is the mother who is concerned about money and image and appearances. While the mother wears down both of the kids, Melissa is essentially a survivor with the goal of escaping her mother's grasp. The sister is less lucky as she continues to recede into her cocoon without much in the way of survival skills. In the end, the mother is shown as a manipulator, thief, and fraud who is without conscience or soul.
As much as this book looks at a family tragedy and the rapid spiral, it also looks at balanced parenting and knowing when to encourage and when to back off and all the parts in between as you raise children. Other issues come into play such as the money young performers earn and the pressures placed on kids in show business.
Aisde from being well-written, the author chooses her words for maximum effect and manages to tell an interesting yet disturbing story about an unbalanced and out of control woman and the damage left in her wake.
many blessings to you and your beautiful family
Melissa's mother is literally living through her daughter, and this in turn, contributes to her treatment of her husband, her other daughter and those around her. I picked up this book while "surfing" Amazon books one day, never having even seen "Little House". As a student of human behavior and a PhD in psychology, I am so glad I did.