Prairie Tale: A Memoir

Prairie Tale: A Memoir

by Melissa Gilbert
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Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416599173
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Pages: 367
Sales rank: 200,436
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.92(d)

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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Prairie Tale: A Memoir 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Sari_Beth More than 1 year ago
Am I glad I read the book? Yes. But do I think this memoir could have said more? Absolutely. There are a ton of details in here - who Melissa Gilbert worked with, talked to, slept with, etc. But there is not much depth on what I consider to be some of the more interesting aspects of her life. Instead, this book seemed intent on conveying that Half Pint is all grown up, and not just that, but she has also had some seriously messed up experiences with booze and the men in her life. Interesting I guess. But it's been a long time since the days of Little House. Do people really still think of her as a little girl? I found this memoir to be more guarded than most. There were some HUGE stories hinted at which were given very little exploration. For instance, why did she and "Mary" hate each other? How did she feel about her sister also being a show biz kid (Sara Gilbert starred as Darlene on Roseanne)? How did she really feel about all of the money it sounds like her mom "earned" off of her? Why did her brother distance himself from the family, never to be heard from again? She only gave 3 lines to what most would consider a major family change. Finally, I was very perplexed behind why she would give up her eldest child so he could live with his father, when she had portrayed the father over the course of 50 pages or so as unstable, to say the least. I did very much enjoy some of the content that was included about Michael Landon. As a Little House fan, I would have liked to have read more about her relationships and experiences with other cast members. But to be fair, this isn't a book about Little House. Finally, I agree with a previous reviewer who noted that too much time was given to the names of each movie she starred in, who directed it, costarred, where it was shot, etc. If I wanted that information, I could just look it up on IMDB.
bookworm98RM More than 1 year ago
I felt compelled to write this review even before I have completed reading this book. I am quite disappointed by Melissa Gilbert's story. I would not continue reading this book, if it were not for the fact that I spent money for it. I feel that Melissa Gilbert is very self absorbed and superficial. I expected more from her as a person. Not enough about Little House on the Prairie, and way too much about Melissa herself. Which I wouldn't mind, if she were an interesting woman. She tries to portray herself as a wounded child star that is damaged by her mother. It seems to me that in reality that she is just a spoiled celebrity looking to grab the limelight by writing a bio. Alison Angrim's was much more of an interesting read then Melissa Gilbert's. As you may be able to tell, I do not recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed when I read this book. I was looking forward to learning more about Melissa Gilbert but all she talked about was who she sleep with, the drinking and drugs and the SAG stuff. I felt she jumped from event to event with no continuity.
JenCookies More than 1 year ago
Yuck...I thought a little something of Melissa Gilbert until I read this book... She should've kept her story to herself. Not an attractive past...not many redeeming qualities: reads like a mess - out of sequence. Makes Rob Lowe look like a Boy Scout. Yuck, Melissa...please don't share any more.
roena More than 1 year ago
I thought that Melissa Gilbert did an excellent job of writing her biography. I finished the book in about 3 sittings and really could feel her experiences through her writing. I felt that she was totally honest and told it like it was.it was not at all sugar coated as I thought it would be. The relationship that she had with Rob Lowe was really heartfelt. They met in hollywood at a very very young age. I could tell through her words that they must still remain very close friends. I also enjoyed her discriptions of movies she was in, but a couple of them were just to long and drawn out; I have to admit I did skim through just a wee bit of those. All in all if you like to read hollywood biography's, as I do I can highly recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Melissa's book was 100% better than Melissa Sue Anderson's, she went into more detail about life on the set (but I wish more)and her life after, but it was like reading the National Enquirer. I never followed the "Brat pack" or all the gossip beyond the headlines, just wasn't interested, but it made me sad to read how "normal" she thought it was to be in that lifestyle. But that was her choice, others that were in her shoes, chose to live a quieter,less glamourous life, but she was honest and I admired her strength. I just coudn't relate at all from the time she dated Rob, and part of me could have gone without knowing every intimate detail and bad choice. Has selling books gotten so difficult, you have to be that titillating? Do we have to know all the details of losing your virginity and drug abuse? Do you want your children to know every detail? I think out of the 3 "Prairie" books, I will like Alison's the most from what I could read online. I don't regret buying this book for 7.00 but I wish I knew less and not more now.
becca5965 More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished reading the book yet; I am almost to the end. I have always been facinated with Melissa Gilbert since watching her on Little House. This book made me realize that she is just a human being trying to live her life the best she can, just like the rest of us. I have learned not to believe everything the tabloids print and even though I am shocked to learn some of the things she has done, who am I to judge? She sounds like a wonderful mother who has struggled like a normal human being. If you want insight into a great person, who has flaws like the rest of us, but has succeeded in spite of them, read this book.
missmn More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading her memoir. I grew up watching her show and have always loved Melissa Gilbert. The book was very surprising to me, I guess I always thought of her as innocent Laura. I enjoyed her honesty and true humanism- warts and all.
Positive_Thinker More than 1 year ago
Melissa seems so proud to tell the world that little Laura Ingalls was just another promiscuous, spoiled Hollywood brat. Is she not bright enough to know that anybody who would care to read a book by her would be people that loved "Little House", one of the last of the wholesome, family dramas. She's really not very interesting aside from her association with a great TV series that made us fall in love with characters who were honest, decent, loving people. Apparently quite the opposite of Melissa. The title made me think it would contain some behind the scenes stories from Little House and insights into the other actors, but don't let that fool you into buying this book. No talk of anyone, except for a brief mention of Michael Landon, and only to let us know he complimented her on her acting talents. You're all about you, Melissa, but you're really not THAT interesting! I hated the book!
kanellio65 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Gilbert admits that "To me, at forty-four years old, my book was a search for truth and identity." And I would have to say that after reading PRAIRIE TALE, I believe she accomplished that from what I could tell. There was certainly a lot of truth and I surely know Melissa Gilbert's identity much better than before I read her memoir. I found the book to be an easy and enjoyable read. As someone who not only watched Little House on the Prairie but read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, as well as taught them in school to my students, I was excited to read about Melissa Gilbert, even though she has outgrown those pigtails. I found that she wrote with humor, sincerity and from her heart with honesty. You might almost think she was "name dropping" as so many familiar celebrities are mentioned but one must remember she is telling about her 44 years living in the spotlight of Hollywood from a very young child! I found out so many things I never knew about her like that she was adopted. I also had forgotten that I somewhat knew she was a wild member of the "Brat Pack" that included Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise as well as Rob Lowe who she had a very fiery and not so nice romance with, but wasn't aware of the drug use and a miscarriage with Lowe. Gilbert touches on times during her Little House years but that is not the bulk of the book as one might think. I was not surprised at her relating how much she cared for and admired Michael Landon but didn't know she REALLY didn't get along with her onstage sister Melissa Sue Anderson and makes no attempt at covering her feelings about it. I think that is part of the appeal of the memoir is that Melissa tells it like it is but doesn't try to sensationalize it. Her recounting the nightmare first marriage and divorce with Bo Brinkman after finding him in their home having sex with a prostitute was hard enough to read let alone live though. Melissa's subsequent romance and marriage to her now husband, Bruce Boxleitner, seemed to make up for it. Her tender moments with Michael Landon, dating his son for a while, her frank account of Shannen Doherty having an affair with her first husband, and Melissa's own addiction and even a supposed reaction to Johnny Depp asking to feel her breasts during a time she was lactating and her response for him to go ahead if he wanted to...all these things seem to be about another person than the one most of us know from the sweet Little House show and yet are told with such honesty and bravado, that you believe it all. I think that Melissa told about her life in a way that many people can relate to. Sure, we mere mortals don't help Marlon Brando in his time of need like she did, but if you take away the "names", Melissa Gilbert lived a life that was real and she is still doing a great job at it. Her dealing with her faults, and while being aware of her strengths has obviously made her the strong and happy woman she is today. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't imagine anyone not reading it straight through as it was that interesting and well written. Kudos to "half-pint"...and best wishes to a lady I'd like to see stay active in the Hollywood community for a long time. She paid her dues and deserves whatever success and happiness comes her way. Written by Karen Haney, July, 2009
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting but not for kids. I thought she looked good before all the surgeries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down! Certainly helps clarify why the struggle of self-esteem and addiction are connected
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been a long time Melissa Gilbert fan for her role in Little House I thoroughly enjoyed reading her memoir. Her writing is like talking to your best friend, she lays it all out there for you to take in and completely relate to what she was going through at times. This book made me into an even bigger fan, thank you to Melissa for opening your world to us.
Guatesposa More than 1 year ago
I loved Little House growing up and this book provided insight into Melissa's personal life. She was very honest and heartfelt in her writing. I admire her more after all she has gone through. She is a true inspiriation and example of holding your head up high through all kinds of ups and downs. Great Job!
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I love memoirs, taking a walk in someone else's shoes. This was one of the best. You grow up with her, become famous with her and she shares everything. She has had a fascinating life very different from the average actress' tale. Being adopted growing up in an alternate universe of TV land with the cast as her home and family. I had never seen her in anything but I wish I had been a regular viewer of "Little House" because now I am a big fan of hers. She's brave, witty and wonderful. She battled addictions and rose to be head of the Screen Actors Guild. She is respected and loved and it's well deserved. An adventureous and enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed. I was expecting this down to earth story of her life. But instead it is all about who she knows,and according to her every guy she comes in contact with wants her. She throws in things her and Rob Lowe bought and how much they paid for it. She spends her time trying to impress the reader with who she knows and how much money she has. I was more impressed with her before I read this book when I was still under the assumption that she was a nice down to earth child star.
kpw814 More than 1 year ago
Melissa became America's sweetheart on the Little House series. She must have had great publicists who kept her from a lot of negative press. Why she decided to tell all in this book is beyond me. First Maureen McCormick and now Melissa Gilbert . . . is it possible to be an actress in Hollywood without becomng a drug-addled slut? Melissa was a beautiful girl who ruined her nose with surgeries, lost her virginity during a "sweet" romance with an older actor (what's sweet about jailbait?), performed while hungover or under the influence, snuck Rob Lowe into her bed regularly then cheated on him to "return the favor," and much much more before the age of 21. I'm not completely comfortable with her willingness to name names. (Except for one chiseled actor whose name "sounded like Alan Greenspan." I wish I knew who he is so I can get 83-yr-old Greenspan's image out of my head!) Despite everything, I still see Melissa as charming, friendly, beautiful and, yes, someone I admire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having just seen Melissa on the 'Today Show', I was delighted to learn about her recently published memoirs. I immediately checked to see if 'Prairie Tale' was available on my Kindle - and happily found that it was ( is ). Melissa's recounting on 'Today' about her favorite episode on 'Little House' was a touching moment or two, and it authenticated her close relationship with 'Pa' - Michael Landon. That episode was one of my favorite ones - though it was obvious from the interview that Melissa found acting in that particular 'story' was extremely difficult for her. She was very close to Michael, and in that particular sequence was still very young - possibly filmed during the series' first season. ( For those who did not see the interview, it was the segment when little Laura ran away from home and was found on the mountain days later by Pa and Mr. Edwards. As she recounted on 'Today' the tears she shed were authentic - she was that close to Michael that her emotions were sincere and she burst into heart felt tears when Pa held her close after finding her. Having 'downloaded' 'Prairie Tale' I am anxious to read it. ( Melissa surprised me when she commented during the interview that she and 'Nellie' are good friends! Now THAT relationship called for superb acting if in truth they were good friends. ) At any rate, I'm looking forward to reading 'Prairie Tale' as I have long been an admirer of Melissa Gilbert.
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Have to laugh at the reviews calling the author self centered, among other things. This was an autobiography...she was supposed to talk about herself. I have to say some of the information was shocking. However, I think it's clear that she took the task of writing her autobiography seriously. Clearly, the entertainment business is not for the faint-hearted. Yikes!
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Great tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thought it was a well written book....straight forward....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intresting