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The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House MP3 CD – 3 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Melissa Anderson is an Emmy Award winning actress known to millions for playing Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie, which aired from 1974 to 1983. She played First Lady Megan Hollister in the 2006 miniseries 10.5: Apocalypse. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born and raised in California, she lives in Canada, with her husband, television producer and screenwriter Michael Sloan, and their two children." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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'.
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.
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.
Melissa gives the reader her personal view of a number of episodes in which her character figured prominently, and her behind-the-scenes stories make fascinating reading. There is no shortage of anecdotes, from the audition process and screen-test to what it was like to act on the Little House set, the chemistry between members of the cast, and her meeting with Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg and others including her husband of now 26 years Michael Sloan.
It is interesting that Whisper Country from Season 4 is not mentioned as it drew a moving and fiery performance from Melissa. Unsurprisingly, the powerful I’ll Be Waving As You Drive Away gets plenty of attention, as does Mary’s intriguing on-screen confrontation with the late Johnny Cash from Season 3, and the traumatic Four-Eyes from Season 2.
Melissa is frank and fair about those both in front of and behind the cameras, and never descends into either sensationalism or malice. Her positive comments far outweigh her negative ones, and one senses regret rather than relish when her insights are less than complimentary. The narrative combines sensitivity with a light-hearted approach: there was no jarring between reading it and watching LHOTP itself. Life after Little House is also covered, though in less detail.
Enjoyable and recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointing read. She talks to much about individual episodes of Little House On The Prairie. If you are a die hard fan. Then this would probably be the book for you,Published 11 months ago by shari gore
It was a bit 'mechanical' with insufficient insight into the background of the series and filming it as a young girl/teenager.Published on 2 May 2015 by Dr. Christopher D. Morris
Just like all the other reviews it was like reading instructions to open a tin. The best thing about it was she mentioned other lesser known actors ie Todd Bridges so props to her... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2014 by wyse 1