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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 hearts of millions when she was just a child playing the role of buck-toothed Laura 'Half-pint' Ingalls on 'Little House on the Prairie.'
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I was a little bit disappointed in this book. I did find it interesting that she talks A LOT about Rob Lowe and in his book, he doesn't mention Melissa very often. I thought his book was a lot kinder on the subject.
I LOVED Little House when I was young - LOVED it! At least until Laura got older, then I didn't like the way she was portrayed on the show. When I saw this book was out, I really wanted to read it. I don't know what I was expecting. I know her life wasn't all sunlight, roses, and wagon wheels but somehow, I just didn't get into the spirit of this memoir.
I didn't mind the name dropping, though. I mean, that's part of the reason I read the book! ( )
Chica3000 Dec 11, 2020
'Little House on the Prairie' and Melissa Gilbert always bring a childhood friend named Sharon to mind. She liked Melissa so much that she wrote to her during a classroom exercise on letter writing--and she got a signed photo back. Oddly, though, I never thought of Melissa Gilbert as a redhead, so when she would refer to herself that way, it was a bit confusing. I knew the story about her brother Jonathan being on 'Little House' and that being his only acting gig; I didn't know he'd cut himself off from their family at some point--that's sad.
The Good: The beginning of the book is written in an engaging style (the last few chapters about SAG etc. not so much so). Melissa is very honest about her struggles and her faults. She balances the good things with the bad things that have happened in her life. She also now seems to realize that much of her personal life centered around her being adopted as a child (and feeling as if she needed to earn love or that she could be returned if she wasn't perfect) and around not being able to talk about her feelings during her childhood (which led to stuffing her feelings). She does seem committed to her relationship with Bruce Boxleitner and working through the issues they have--at least as of the time of the writing of this book.
The Bad: Her romantic relationships seem to be very repetitive--just change the name of the guy (Rob Lowe, Bo Brinkman, Bruce Boxleitner). She uses a lot of profanity (something you wouldn't expect based on her prairie image). There's a lot of name dropping. The chronology is sometimes a bit meandering. ( )
JenniferRobb Jan 30, 2019
This was a nice read. It didn't go into as much depth one the subjects I would have expected, like Gilbert's experiences on Little House. It did go into a lot of detail about her relationships, especially her relationship with Rob Lowe.
It's always interesting to me to read just how well everyone knows everyone else in Hollywood, or so it seems anyway.
I liked how real this was. The experiences weren't too overdramatic, and didn't have hidden meanings. Melissa Gilbert isn't perfect and she knows it and accepts it. That's so much better than just trying to push things under the rug and cover them up. ( )
Melissalovesreading Sep 30, 2018
Not a great book-- more name-dropping and 'this person was drunk' and other nonsense. Some humor but sort of pointless. ( )
Cfo6 Mar 19, 2018
I really loved Little House. I thoroughly enjoyed Alison Arngrim's 'Confessions of a Prairie Bitch'. But this book? Name-dropping, party-going boredom and tons of gossip. I felt for the little girl she was, told to hold it all in and pretend to be perfect, but the book itself wasn't worth my time to finish. ( )
Cfo6 Mar 19, 2018
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I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
'Fully Alive'
Dawna Markova
For Sam, Lee, Dakota, and Michael,
The four chambers of my heart,
And for Bruce William Boxleitner,
My true companion.
Do you know how fine you are to me?
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My mother was nearly a month past her husband's funeral when she turned her attention back to my desire to write a memoir.
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Indeed, in those sweet, simple things I felt the heft not of a career but of a life--an authentic life. I looked forward to more.
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Prairie Tale

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.

Prairie Tale A Memoir Review

A coup d'etat broke in the prince's home and he was cornered. In a panic haze, he jumped off the roof of the castle to avoid the attack. In a blink, he woke up with a few broken bones, and a gash on his neck, in a prairie vastly different from the forest kingdom the prince knew. And on these sparse grasslands was a lone boy, who took care of him as he recovered. If you haven't solved the crossword clue Prairie tale yet try to search our Crossword Dictionary by entering the letters you already know! (Enter a dot for each missing letters, e.g. “P.ZZ.” will find “PUZZLE”.) Also look at the related clues for crossword clues with similar answers to “Prairie tale” Contribute to Crossword Clues.

Prairie Tale is written in the sort of unadorned prose that convinces you Gilbert wrote this herself. The book is less of a?tell-all? Than a?tell-some?: When she admits she had?an emotional affair? Chatty memoir of an actress best known for her work on Little House on the Prairie when she was a child. Some interesting gossip about her active love life including long relationship with (and broken engagement from) Rob Lowe, and blended family with her second husband, the actor Bruce Boxleitner. Melissa's 'Prairie Tale' A Memoir is the only memoir I have ever been interested in reading. I am very thankful that I did read her memoir as it gave me more insight into Melissa and her remarkable journey thru life. Her incredible sense of humor and poking fun at herself definitely helped with her journey. All journeys have there ups and downs.