Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert
A Memoir

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A fascinating, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting tale of self-discovery from the beloved actress who earned a permanent place in the hears of millions for her role in Little House on the Prarie when she was just a child.

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.

About Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. She has starred in numerous movies and recently served as president of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. Like Daisy, Melissa was very close to her father as a child. In her memoir, Prairie Tale, she recalls, “My earliest memory is of myself, at two and a half or so, watching my father doing his standup act. I was doing his act along with him. I adored my father.” She resides in Los Angeles with her family and French bulldog, Josephine.
Published May 22, 2009 by Gallery Books. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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What a wonderful reunion the audience had with Melissa Gilbert, who is starring in “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical” at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Dec 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Prairie Tale: A Memoir

Entertainment Weekly

Hold on to your sunbonnets if your image of Melissa Gilbert remains frozen as the young Laura Ingalls Wilder she played in Little House on the Prairie in the '70s and early '80s.

Jun 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Prairie Tale: A Memoir

Suite 101

Actor, writer, comedian and author Simon Pegg chronicles his journey from "small child to big kid" in a sparkling, funny and poiniant memoir.

Sep 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Prairie Tale: A Memoir


In Prairie Tale, Gilbert tells the story of her complicated life that was very different from the life of the character who made her famous as a child star, Laura Ingalls.

Jul 05 2010 | Read Full Review of Prairie Tale: A Memoir

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