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  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 Reprint edition (16 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416599177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599173
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alisunshines on 15 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
This book started of very interestingly but i feel really skipped over the Little House on the Praire period, and lets be honest thats why most of us bought it. I am glad i read it and would recommend it but personally by the end of the book i found it hard to like or sympathise with Melissa Gilbert. The nicest thing i took from this autobiography was the relationship she had with Michael Landon, it appears it was real and honest and probably why their performances on the show were so realistic and tender.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By sp on 22 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
This could have been so much better. Don't misunderstand me, it is a good read - witty and self depricating. However, extremely scant on detail and dates. Having been most famous for the Little House series, she seems to just want to skim over this period of her life. We get some detail about her first marriage, divorce and second marriage but again no dates. She talks about her brother, Jonathan (better known as Willie Oleson) distancing himself from the family but that takes up about half a sentence. Doesn't Ms Gilbert know that when you read a bio, you want all the juice?

The most detail she gives is in her time as SAG President. Of course, like all people in her genre she does come across as conceited but that is to be expected.

The pictures are very scant (again not much detail attached). All in all, could have been so much more. Does seem like she churned this out over a long weekend. Would I have her life for a million bucks? Not a chance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Tomlins on 22 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
Like most other readers of this book, i've been a fan since I was a little girl watching Little House On The Prairie. I feel some of the other comments have been a bit unfair, I really enjoyed this and felt it was an honest account of her life. I felt she said what needed to be said about her Little House years, it is what she is best known for but it was also only a short chapter in her life. I really enjoyed hearing about all her other projects, stories, aquaintences and friends and thought she was brave to be so frank about her alcoholism. The only negative I found was that there were a little too many references to her sex life - we didn't really need to know!
That said, I found it a really enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heddybell on 12 Jan 2012
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... far too much about Melissa Gilbert's life from the time she left the programme and far too much explicit detail re same also! I think Melissa has chosen completely the wrong title for her book - as 'Prairie Tale' gave me the impression that this would be exactly that - a tale about her time spent on the set of LHOTP. Although this part of it is very enjoyable, albeit unnecessary in her criticism of Melissa Sue Anderson though I feel - no need for it, especially as Melissa Sue Anderson says nothing bad about her at all in her own book. Having also read Alison Arngrim's book in which she goes over the top in her criticism of Melissa Sue - I think Melissa Gilbert and Alison both decided from day one that they would not befriend Melissa Sue. Was it because she was so pretty one wonders? So much more of the book is about Melissa Gilbert's life once she left LHOTP. Fair enough if you want to read an autobiography about Melissa Gilbert. I didn't - I wanted to read about Melissa Gilbert's time & experiences spent on the set with her LHOTP family. Having said that - how I enjoy watching Melissa Gilbert's performance in The Little House On The Prairie. She is a remarkable/believable and just so lovable a young actress. I will never tire in my admiration and joy in watching her on the Little House programmes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on 15 Jun 2013
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I wanted a Kindle edition of this book but had to settle for a paperback version as none was available. Melissa Gilbert speaks frankly about her relationships and her life in this easy to read book.
Although it takes her story up to her last marraige and ends on a fairly upbeat note, it's well worth reading if you were ever a fan of the Little House series and were curious about what happened to her afterwards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nostalgia65 on 16 April 2013
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Looked forward to getting stuck into this book.light and easy to read. She certainly led an interesting life. Felt she went on too much about her sex life and skimmed over things far more important especially about her brother jonathon. Found it a tad boring towards the end.found alison arngrims book far superior read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cherrychick on 27 Feb 2013
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This woman spent most of her growing up on the set of Little House on the prairie, talking about the people she worked with including her brother who played willie olsen in Little house, also all the cast who watched this lady grow up and how she dealt with the death of Michael Landon, her marriage, and her children another wonderful book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Keenliside on 13 Oct 2010
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I thought this book was good but it was also very sad I felt sorry for Melissa Gilbert. I always liked Little House on the Prairie. But the women who brought Melissa up was controling and was really only interested in her money.But the story did have a happy endding when Bruse came into her life and that I am pleased for her.
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