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The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House Paperback – Bargain Price, March 15, 2011

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Melissa Anderson is an Emmy Award–winning actress known to millions for playing Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie, which aired from 1974 to 1983. She played First Lady Megan Hollister in the 2006 miniseries 10.5: Apocalypse. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born and raised in California, she lives in Canada, with her husband, television producer and screenwriter Michael Sloan, and their two children.

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I spotted Mike across the stage and headed in his direction. My heart was racing, and my stomach was tied up in a huge knot.
“Um . . . Uh . . . Hey, Mike?”
He turned, saw me, and smiled. “Hey, darlin’, how ya doing?”
“Uh, well, good . . . I guess.” I was now having trouble looking him in the eye.
“Something on your mind, Missy?”
And then, out it came. “Is it true? Are you really going to make me go blind next season?” I waited for what seemed forever for my answer.
“Yes, Missy, you will be going blind next season.”
My heart sank. I felt sick. The tears sprung up and out before I even had time to digest this news. I couldn’t hold them back. I madly tried to think of something, anything else, so I would stop crying and not humiliate myself any further.
Just about the time I almost really lost it, Mike said, “Don’t worry, Missy. It’s going to be great. You’ll see.” He gave me a big hug.
“R-r-really?” I sobbed. “You’re not going to write me out?”
“Of course not,” he said. . . .“You have a great future ahead.”
I knew he wasn’t just saying it to make me feel better; he wasn’t that kind of guy. He went on to explain what would happen to Mary, and the show, and how he knew this would be a great opportunity for me. I trusted Mike and chose to accept the wonderful feeling of relief that had come over me.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; Repackaged edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770503
  • ASIN: B0076TVW8C
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always been a fan of the show "Little House On The Prairie" and grew up watching the show. A few months back, I read Melissa Gilbert's book "Prairie Tale." In Ms. Gilbert's book, she briefly speaks about Melissa Sue Anderson, who played her older sister Mary on "Little House." But the few things Ms. Gilbert did say about Ms. Anderson, while not critical, were also not very fair and I hoped that Ms. Anderson would write her own book to provide her point of view about the show, Michael Landon, and Melissa Gilbert. I must say that I was a bit disappointed in Ms. Anderson's book as it seemed to be more of a re-telling of each "Little House" episode that she had more involvement with than any new or different revelations about herself or the show. And, in many of the chapters of her book, Ms. Anderson has exerpts from "Little House" scripts or has part of the chapter itself written in this script format. Ms. Anderson has, since her 1990 marriage to Michael Sloan, opted to distance herself from show business in order to devote herself full time to raising their two children. So, she's quite understandably protective of her privacy and the privacy of her family. That protection of privacy is evident as she wrote her book because Ms. Anderson does not go into how, as a child, she became interested in acting, about meeting her husband, there's not even much about her interaction with other "Little House" cast members including Michael Landon. While I'm not a fan of 'tell-all books', this one tells little or nothing. Also, while I very much like Ms. Anderson, while I was reading her book, I was scratching my head about WHY she decided to write this book in the first place.
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There are a few interesting tidbits here in Anderson's book but for the most part this 200 plus page tome devotes, on average, 80% of each chapter to long plot descriptions of various Little House episodes. This info can all be found online, for free. A book to glance through... nothing more.
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For starters, I am a huge Little House fan. I love the good, the bad and everything in the middle! I read Melissa Gilbert's book and though I found it a bit self indulgent, at least she shared some fun Little House memories and trivia mixed with her own personal life.

Melissa Sue Anderson's book is a wreck! I can't believe someone published it (not to mention, edited it!). The entire book is a simple rehashing of her favorite episodes. Melissa--we have seen the show, that is why we are reading the book--we KNOW the storylines!

Not only does she tell us the plot of the episodes she is featured in, but she procedes to weave odd stories (which no one cares about) in a screen-play format! I'm not kidding

"Melissa takes control of the radio. Punches the FM button and turns the dial to 102.7.

There, KISS FM. Good.

Hey, there. This is Rick Dees, and just in case you didn't know or couldn't guess...."

Then she writes out the lyrics to Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life". This is horrifying and not at all literary!

Basically, you learn that she did not like the wide-brimmed hat she had to wear and that she could have been a superstar had she not had children.

Thank goodness I saved CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE B*ITCH until after I read The Way I See It.

PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS, if you write to me I will gladly send you my copy! Actually, I want to send it to Melissa Sue Anderson with some rewrites and an invoice for the crappy book. UGH!
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Really Melissa Andersen? Really? I will never forget you as Mary Ingalls on Little House, and YES, some of your starring episodes were amoung the best in the series history. But did you have to write an entire book about how wonderful you were? If you mentioned your Emmy nod (and later an Emmy win) once in this book, you mentioned it fifty times.

I read this book after reading Alison Angrims wondefully funny bio "Tales of a Prairie Bit**" and Melissa Gilbert's entertaining "Prairie Tale". Both women mentioned that it was hard to get to know Melissa Sue Anderson and they implied that she was snooty. My mind sort of found that interesting but really didn't believe it one hundred percent until I rad "The Way I See It".

I hoped this book would be like the other two, with benind the scenes antidotes about what it was like on the Little House set and maybe it would explain a little about Melissa Anderson as a young girl growing upDiRienzo on the set. Unfortunately this book is about 70% recaps of the tv episodes, sometimes word by word. As others have mentioned we probably wouldn't be reading this autobiography if we hadn't already seen these shows.

The book also disappoints as she doesn't really tell about her private life at all. There is nearly nothing mentioned about her parents or growing up. She mentions in great detail run ins she had with Frank Sinatra and Steven Speilberg. She name drops like mad but doesn't give us any kind of information that isn't general knowledge.

And yes, she repeats over and over how Little House top episodes always were the ones she was in. Only she was ever nominated from the Little House cast. She talks about 'how pretty' she was then or how 'cute' this picture of her is.
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