Prairie Tale: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 9, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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A fascinating, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting tale of self-discovery from the beloved actress who earned a permanent place in the hears of millions for her role in Little House on the Prarie when she was just a child.

To fans of the hugely successful television series Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert grew up in a fantasy world with a larger-than-life father, friends and family she could count on, and plenty of animals to play with. Children across the country dreamed of the Ingalls’ idyllic life—and so did Melissa.

With candor and humor, the cherished actress traces her complicated journey from buck-toothed Laura "Halfpint" Ingalls to Hollywood starlet, wife, and mother. She partied with the Brat Pack, dated heartthrobs like Rob Lowe and bad boys like Billy Idol, and began a self-destructive pattern of addiction and codependence. She eventually realized that her career on television had earned her popularity, admiration, and love from everyone but herself.

Through hard work, tenacity, sobriety, and the blessings of a solid marriage, Melissa has accepted her many different identities and learned to laugh, cry, and forgive in new ways. Women everywhere may have idolized her charming life on Little House on the Prairie, but Melissa’s own unexpectedly honest, imperfect, and down-to-earth story is an inspiration.
 

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User Review  - katherineemilysmith - LibraryThing

I wanted this to be as good as Alison Arngrim's autobiography, but alas, it didn't even come close. I really wasn't here or there on it, and mostly read it all in hopes it would get better. Unless you are a die-hard Little House fan, this is definitely one you can pass over. Read full review

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User Review  - mariacamp - LibraryThing

Disappointing, but somewhat interesting. If Circumstances Had Been Different If she hadn’t been adopted, Melissa Gilbert would not have grown up in the Hollywood family that she did, she might never ... Read full review

Contents

Revelations and Realizations 1 Fairy Dust
3
With Pardons to Darwin The Origin Is Specious
13
Showtime
23
Something Better
34
Little House
45
Love Loss and Love
55
Growing Pains
57
What the Hell Happened?
65
ABrandNew Start of
197
The Heart of the Matter
199
New YorkStories
209
This Person Doesnt Yell DoMe Daddy
223
No No No Were Not Going to Do That
235
Gettysburg Was My Waterloo
247
Exactly Where I Need To
259
The TV Version
261

Oh Shit They Got a Real Man
79
Not So Sweet Sixteen
90
Once Twice Three Times a Woman
101
Meet Cute
112
Im Eighteen and I Like It
124
Choices of the Heart
136
The World According to
149
Andy Wants to Know If Any Famous People Are Here
164
Wait a Minute Whos the Princess in This LoveStory?
173
What Fresh HellIs This?
184
Dates We Will Never Forget
273
Days of Miracles and Wonder
283
Inappropriate Behavior
299
AllKinds of Crazy
312
Madam Half Pint
322
A Pain in the Neck
335
The Sweet Simple Things
348
Acknowledgments
361
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About the author (2009)

Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. She has starred in numerous movies and recently served as president of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. Like Daisy, Melissa was very close to her father as a child. In her memoir, Prairie Tale, she recalls, “My earliest memory is of myself, at two and a half or so, watching my father doing his standup act. I was doing his act along with him. I adored my father.” She resides in Michigan with her family and French bulldog, Josephine.

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