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Prairie Tale Paperback – 16 Feb 2011
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"Hold onto your sunbonnets... [Gilbert's] autobiography is no clean-cut family drama: It's chockablock with juicy tidbits."
About the Author
Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. She has also starred in more than forty television movies and has served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. She currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Children's Hospice 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, actor Bruce Boxleitner, and her family. An entertaining, sometimes heartbreaking, but ultimately inspirational memoir by actress Melissa Gilbert 9
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she grew up in the public eye the way she did, she seems to be well adjusted and in a good place.
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.
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.
a friend gave me this for a birthday. i was a huge fan of little house on the prairie..maybe fancying myself as a bit of a melissa gilbert.......
glad i wasn't....
when i read the back i thought...hey...this seems interesting enough..perhaps she has a good story to tell...lessons learned..insight etc....
NO..it was just a tale of her sorry, sad life of celebrity stardom.....the parts that were actually INTERESTING..like her being adopted and working that out....or the brother excommunicating himself or her seeking of clarity on being Jewish.....those parts were just glossed over....barely a breath..she wanted to instead share every sordid detail of her flings and relationships and drug taking and general abuse of her body.....and we were supposed to think she was great......somehow her tone in telling these 'hellish' things was one of almost pride rather than regret....even when talking about trying to get sober and drinking 3 bottles of wine a night in front of her 10 year old.....there was no note of sadness or embarrassment......
overall..it read like an elongated verson of the National Enquirer which she so often referenced......if she wrote this book for some sort of healing or closure..i feel sorry for her......she just came across as another childhood celebrity with nothing of value to say and knowing that she would get enough cash to buy another gorgeous house with the proceeds......urgghh.....
if you were hoping to get some insight into the girl that made Little House on the Prairie what it is.....DON'T..you will enjoy the show more if you don't know what a needy little girl this munchkin was....remain innocent and continue to enjoy the show.....
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