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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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About the Author
Melissa Anderson is an Emmy Awardwinning 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty boring compared to Melissa Gilbert's "Prairie Tale" but then I think she avoided much of the drama/drugs scene. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Howards End
Wish I had read and listened to all the other reviews. I was hopping to learn more about her, not have a story line of some of the episodes each season. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Melanie R.
I have read all 3 Little House actor books by Melissa Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, and Allison Angrim and this one is definitely my favorite ! Read morePublished 22 days ago by BC9335
I really appreciated her quiet, honest take on the experiences told from her point of view.Published 1 month ago by TC Rose
Melissa Sue Anderson always seemed to be an outstanding child star on the Little House series on television, and I am pleased to learn that her beauty and values have continued... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William L. Brown
I recently came across The Way I See It in the public library. Like a lot of people I had been a big fan of Little House. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teddy
As a Little House on the Prairie fan I was hoping for more. I got to know a little bit more about Melissa and her life at home as a kid but when it came to LHOTP stuff, it as all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Pickard
It was good but 90% of it was just an episode guide. She basically just wrote out the episodes. Very little behind the scenesPublished 2 months ago by David Dean