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Melissa Anderson , Jane Pfitsch
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3 Dec 2013
The Way I See It is more than a Hollywood tell-all. It is more than the story of a young woman - the only actor in the Little House series to be nominated for or to win an Emmy - who chose a different path than many other child actors. Ultimately, this heartfelt memoir is the story of what it was like to be one of television's most beloved child stars growing up on one of television's most beloved series. Key Selling Points: * Viewers loved and still love Little House on the Prairie, which is still syndicated all over the world. The book will appeal to those who watched and remember the series when it first aired and to a younger audience discovering it for the first time. * The Way I See It is the first book to share Melissa Anderson's memories of Little House, Michael Landon, and the world of television where she came of age and made the decisions that changed her life. * Unlike many memoirs by former child actors that focus on addictions and personal problems,The Way I See It goes behind the scenes of the show that made Melissa's career. It brings the reader into the actual making of the episodes remembered by so many. But it also tells the story of how a successful adult and actress grew up from the imaginary childhood she experienced on screen.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (3 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480576921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480576926
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few television stars of the 1970s were as high-profile as MELISSA ANDERSON of Little House on the Prairie. Melissa's career began when she was only 9. Her big break came when her agent landed her an audition for a pioneer westernA" that turned out to be Michael Landon's Little House on the Prairie. Michael Landon selected her to play his first girlfriend in The Loneliest Runner, the 1976 television movie based on his life. After her contract expired in 1981, Melissa chose to leave the series and continued acting in television shows, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Murder She Wrote, Aaron Spelling's Dark Mansions, An Innocent Love, First Affair and as Edward Woodward's daughter in The Equalizer. Her feature films include Dead Men Don't Die and the horror classic Happy Birthday to Me. Melissa was the associate producer for Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990), one of the last two TV projects Michael Landon made before his death. She and her husband, Equalizer creator Michael Sloan, whom she met when she appeared on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, have two children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have just finished Melissa Sue Anderson's book, 'The Way I See It' after reading Melissa Gilbert's & Alison Arngrims. I was very disappointed, as most of it is the re-telling of many of the different episodes. Why on earth Melissa would you want to put that in your book? It is about you that we want to read, your many thoughts & experiences re your time spent on The Little House On The Prairie. Yes - there was a smattering of that, but very little. I certainly don't feel I know any more about you than before I picked up the book. Don't get me wrong - I wasn't looking for any dirt dished on any of your LHOTP colleagues - in fact, I take my hat of to you to not miscall both Melissa Gilbert & Alison Arngrim, the way they have done to you, in their books, especially the latter, which I thought was quite mean on her part. I would love to have read so much more about your time spent on the set & with your LHOTP family rather than you re-telling us, the reader, about various episodes. In fact, I am making my way through watching all the episodes once more, having first seen them when they were shown on televison many years ago and, naturally, have forgotten what happens in the majority of them. On coming across yet another chapter of you describing what happens in a particular episode I had to stop reading so as not to spoil the plot for me when I do come across that episode. All in all, I basically had to speed read your book to avoid this as there are pages and pages describing episodes. Not a good read for me, personally, I'm afraid Melissa. One thing though - your book is mostly about LHOTP, unlike Melissa Gilbert's whose book, although a good read, then goes on to tell us far too much about her personal life (and in too much explicit detail) outwith the programme after she had left it. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and disappointed 19 May 2012
By Kooks
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I was eagerly waiting for this book mainly because I have been revisiting LHOP and immersing myself in a much nicer time. The programme was amazing, and was hoping to get some insights on what it was like on set, how the actors were etc. However, when I started reading it, well....it was disappointing. There were only a few photographs, and the whole book read like like a synopsis of every episode.

There was nothing about Melissa's relationships with her cast members. How she felt about being "married" off at an early age, as a young girl sharing a bed with a strange man. The blindness was touched on, as was noted that Melissa was worried about her beautifully manicured nails on her "wedding day". Zilch about her friendships with Melissa Gilbert and the other cast members. Nothing really. The stuff written, I could have found on wiki or any other fan site. Still, what photographs there are, are lovely, and it will be a welcome addition to my shelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing 23 Oct 2012
By Lisa J
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This was really a synopsis of the episodes of LHOP - it really gave me no insight of the woman behind the book and was really more factual than emotional. I was expecting a lot more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FRUSTRATING 2 May 2012
By HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am a rare male fan of LHOTP and love the show.

I read Allison Arngrim's book about her role as Nellie and loved it - so well written.

Going into this book, I was expecting so much more, but much to my deep frustration, Melissa has chosen to regurgitate every episode she was in - complete with plots and some of the scripts. It makes it such hard work and I found myself skimming over the plots to find anything of interest that I didn't already know.

When you do reach the facts about life on the series, they are actually very interesting and at times enlightening. Melissa clearly had a closer friendship with Landon than other cast members, making the relevant parts of the book very interesting.

It's all such a shame really - here is the makings of a cracking good book. It is almost as if Melissa needs to sit down and re-write it, cutting out the rambling descriptions of the plots, which as fans, we are familiar with and getting into the 'nitty gritty'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring 23 Jan 2014
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While part of this book were interesting , it was really a sypnosis on individual episodes , well not even a sypnosis as these are usually short , I found myself flicking through page after page of a description and storyline line of episodes which I had already seen . If you want to know about life on the Prairie read Alison Arngrim's book ( Nellie Olsen ) that was excellent. I ignored the previous reviews on Mellissa's book should have listened they were spot on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 10 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Was really excited when this book was finally delivered,I just could not wait to start reading it.as I was reading it,it became obvious that it was just all about the lhotp.there was not that much on her to be honest.
I was practically skipping most of the pages as I knew all about every episode already.
Very disappointing reading.I shall now think about buying Melissa Gilberts book,as it sounds like it is much more interesting reading.totally let down on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read this summer. 26 July 2013
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I'm a big LHOTP fan and I very much enjoyed hearing Melissa's story about growing up as a child star on set of the best western show out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading if you are a fan of the show 24 Jun 2014
By Adam L.
Format:Hardcover
Having been a lifelong fan of the TV Series "Little House on the Prairie", I was very much looking forward to this book. Melissa Anderson did a fantastic job on the show (as indeed did the other actors), and I was looking forward to hearing her story.

Unfortunately, the book contains little personal opinion or reflections, and only a few anecdotes about Melissa's childhood and relationships with her fellow actors. Instead, quite a bit of the book is devoted to plot summaries of specific episodes. I'm not sure why she decided to write the book in this way. Perhaps she does not like giving away intimate details of her life, or perhaps she was trying to protect her family from intrusion. In any case, the result is a book that is worth a read, but isn't particularly gripping. It's a real pity. I think she could have done better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
I thought this book would give us some insight into the author's thoughts about the real Ingalls family and also her 'TV family', but most of the book was merely a description of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Huber
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
An amazing book, full of energy, fun and enthusiasm. Lots of dialogue and lots to learn. Inspiring and worth reading!
Published 2 months ago by Reginald pelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Actress to Author
Excellent book, well written, down to earth and genuine,
fantastic insight- so glad you decided to write it
Thanks Melissa
Published 6 months ago by L
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i brought this for my kindle but not actually read it yet but if its half as good as nellys book i will probably love it
Published 7 months ago by S. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars anticipated.realy good read
The book arived and was in pristine condition well package.
Melissa Anderson's book was realy good well written.As a fan of THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. G. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars good insight into her Little House days
I enjoyed Missy's book very much, a good insight into her prairie days as well as some other work she undertook, whilst being a child star. Read more
Published 17 months ago by KATRINA MCLEAN
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This item arrived very quickly and was packaged up well. I am reading it at the moment so many thanks.
Published 17 months ago by Debbie Clough
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Well-written, with enough detail to satisfy fans of 'Little House on the Prairie'. Anderson provides a very balanced view and appears refreshingly untainted by some of the more... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alison
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