Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch , Arngrim descr...more
As a long time fan of the TV show growing up, I wa...more
The intro alone of the book was chock full of interesting tidbits. I love how it was explained why the show version of Little House was so different from the...more
I'm only about ten pages in, and I've already enjoyed it more than Mary Ingalls/Melissa Sue Anderson's whole stupid book!
It was interesting to read this, Melissa Gilbert's book and Melissa Sue Anderson's book in fairly close order. Arngrim hasn't had the career of Gilbert, but she comes across as the one you would most like to have a beer with. I had no knowledge of her abuse story, but she handles it very matter-of-factly (is that a word?) and with class. Her dislike of MSA jus...more
With autobiographies it is always hard to know where to begin...how to review it because this is someone's actual life we are talking about here if you don't like the story being told there is no way to make it better because someone actually lived it and these are their words.
When I was little I can clearly remember every Sunday at noon dropping whatever I was doing and running home to watch Little House on the Prairie...yes I was a geek deal with it! It...more
Arngrim is not simply a former child star with a story to tell. She is an excellent writer, and her memoir is poignant, hilarious, and loaded with the type of behind-the-scenes...more
And to know that hating Mary Ingalls was ok, just make me feel a whole lot better ;)
I read this one in about...more
I totally dig how Alison took her Negative Nellie image and turned it into a positive. This book was a personal account filled with LHOTP details and I praise Alison for her courage and heart tackling important i...more
“As a city bitch myself, I loved this book! It’s nice to see how the other half lives. Alison Arngrim’s memoir is a hilarious, moving, and dishy Hollywood tale.” (Margaret Cho )
“Whoa, Nellie! “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” is a book that you will keep stored under a haystack in the barn, to dip into whenever you need a shot of something that will keep you down on the farm.” (Bruce Vilanch )
“Alison Arngrim is a fine actress and a true comedienne. She has always been the kind of ‘Bitch
This is by far one of the most interesting memoirs I have ever read. Candid recollections are presented in a down-to-earth, informative, and amusing manner. I could scarcely stand to put this down – a definite page-turner for me.
The differences between her real life and the one she portrayed on the series are many. Remembrances of her friendship with Melissa Gilbert are quite enjoyable. Especially funny is her anecdote about the two of them buying Ba...more
Le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est que cette actrice n'a pas sa langue dans sa poche. Ce n'était pourtant pas évident pour elle dès le départ, elle fut une petite fille timide et renfermée. Son passé familial (assez dramatique) n'a pas dû l'aider beaucoup. Née dans une famille où le spectacle était tout, élevée par des parents absents, violée par son frère depuis ses 6 ans... Elle n'avait pas grand-chose pour elle. Et pourtant... Pourtant ce sont les particularités même de cette famille qui la sa...more
Yes, Melissa Gilbert and Alison Argrim (who played the despicable Nellie Oleson) were actually best friends behind the scenes. Don't you just love a plot twist like that?
Arngrim's book is very well-written. She now makes her way through life as an AIDS activist and a stand-up comedian. Those skills assisted her in making the book so...more
It's impossible to come away from this book not LOVING this lady. Funny, touching, heart-breaking and ultimately very uplifting. She gives us a meticulously-detailed look at what it was like to be born into an acting family (her father, Thor, was a Canadian actor who went on to be Liberace's manager, and her mother, Norma MacMillan, was a famous voice-over artist who provided the TV voices of Gumby, Casper the Friendly Ghost a...more
Ms. Arngrim has an easy-to-read voice that...more
I don't usually read "wha...more
reveals what no one could have possibly known. She is as hilarious, sharp and lovely as can be. Her life outside of show business was fascinating and horrible. She has risen to the top when most others would have floundered. If you want to retain your squeaky clean image of the show then you're probably not going to want to read what Michael Landon and Melissa Sue Anderson were really like. Yo...more
Alison's life before, during and after Little House is quite astonishing. I'm just amazed by the lack of parental behavior by so...more