Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book has already been loved by someone else. It MIGHT have some wear and tear on the edges, have some markings in it, or be an ex-library book. Over-all it's still a good book at a great price! (if it is supposed to contain a CD or access code, that may be missing)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Prairie Tale: A Memoir Hardcover – June 9, 2009

3.8 out of 5 stars 431 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$3.84 $0.01
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
You'll Grow Out of It
The exciting new release from Jessi Klein. Learn more | See related books
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Editorial Reviews


"Hold onto your sunbonnets... [Gilbert's] autobiography is no clean-cut family drama: It's chockablock with juicy tidbits."

—Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. Post-Little House, Gilbert appeared in numerous Lifetime movies and recently served as president of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Children's Hospice and and Palliative Care Coalition, where she works directly with chronically and terminally ill children to provide them with care and comfort. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce Boxleitner.

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416599142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599142
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Blondzilla8 VINE VOICE on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What can I say? I'm a SUCKER for dishy bios on the stars I grew up admiring and wanting to be. My boyfriend saw nothing but my face buried in this great book over one solid weekend.

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!!!
2 Comments 109 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Melissa Gilbert has as many flaws as the rest of us and if you don't mind having her burst that bubble you'll get a good chuckle as she shares anecdotes involving the unbelievable behavior of some of Hollywood's familiar faces.

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.
Comment 116 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yes, I'm a HUGE Little House fan. That's why I bought this book. Although I knew from the get go that Melissa Gilbert IS NOT Laura Ingalls, I guess I had put her on a pedestal, and didn't even realize it. I imagined that all those years I spent growing up and making mistakes, that Melissa had somehow been able to avoid all that because she was immersed in the Little House world of morals and values for so long. I find that not only were we both adopted around the same year as infants, but we also had chicken pox as adults...spent lots of time seeking the wrong type of man and adoring our children that we longed for since we could remember. I guess I didn't realize that she would have flubbed up along the way too. What an eye opener for this idealistic fan! I loved her style of writing. It was an enjoyable eyeopener, however, I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to watch her first love scenes with "Almonzo" the same way again! Is that good or bad, I'm not sure. Some times I think some things are better off left unsaid. I'm not sure I needed to know lots of things I now know about her personal life, however, I admire her ability to share herself so intimately. I could never open up like that. She is obviously an accomplished actress and she has come a long way professionally and personally and I wish her well in the future. No matter what she'll always be "Half Pint" to me!
Comment 56 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I took the advice of some other reviewers and got this book out of the library. It was a good decision. This memoir seems like the few other celebrity bios I've read in the past. Plenty of name dropping throughout the entire book and plenty of just plain bad judgment. Everyone seems to be on drugs, drunk half the time and sleeping with anything that moves.

When I read the accounts of Melissa's Little House years I took note that she cried when Victor French departed for LA after filming the pilot and then she never mentions him again. She wrote about drinking, partying and having plenty of sex during the time frame that he died but she never mentioned visiting him or attending the funeral. When Michael Landon was dying she admitted to not having seen him in quite some time and then she reluctantly made her goodbye visit and then gave a eulogy at his funeral. Still no mention of Victor's death 2 years earlier and Michael had long been out of her life prior to his getting gravely ill. I guess they may not have been as close as Melissa made it seem in the earlier part of her book. I was also sensing some strong self-absorption.

It seems as the book progresses and Melissa allegedly matures nearly every paragraph becomes some crisis that sends her reeling and crying and having hissy fits. How exhausting! And then the section about her presidency of the Screen Actors Guild is a yawner.

If you want to read about someone who has fame, money, plenty of friends and travels all over to make films all the while whining and complaining and having emotional breakdowns then this is the book for you. I'm still incredulous over the time her husband had sex with a hooker right in front of her and she just went to bed and left him with the hooker. LA must be a crazy place.
2 Comments 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews