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Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert
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"The mother-daughter relationship is one of mankind's great mysteries, and for womankind it can be hellaciously complicated."--p. 4

"Speaking out against the family was the ultimate form of disloyalty, and disloyalty was not tolerated. It was like the mafia. Although I never feared getting whacked, I was always just a little afraid of being sent back to wherever it was I came from."--p. 7

"...bad things happen in order to open the door for something good to happen."--p. 32

"I read for him (Michael Landon) in a room at Paramount Studios. I remember thinking, Oh gosh, he's really handsome. He gave off a different kind of energy than ordinary people. It was a higher wattage. I'd been around stars and thought nothing of it, but Michael was different, and that difference was tangible without him having to say or do anything. It was a power, a mix of charisma and confidence that affected other people.

In the hands of an actor, it was a powerful tool. It filled the room. Michael did more than that, though. He raised the temperature. And he wasn't just planning to star in the show. He was also the executive producer, writer, director, producer, cheerleader, boss, coach, and surrogate dad."--p. 35

"...I was reminded that every time you think you are in control, God taps you on the shoulder--or kicks you in the ass, depending on what you need--and shows you who's really in charge."--p. 282

Its my year to read biographies and this was a really good one. I am a HUGE "Little House on the Prairie" fan, so I was very interested in reading about Gilbert's life. I had no idea that she dated Rob Lowe for so long, apparently I didn't pay enough attention to the teen magazines in high school.

Obviously, I couldn't relate to what Gilbert went through as an actress, but I did relate to many of her life lessons. It was a great read.

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Reading Progress

August 6, 2013 – Shelved
August 6, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 14, 2013 – Started Reading
August 15, 2013 –
page 107
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August 17, 2013 –
page 139
37.87%
September 13, 2013 – Finished Reading
May 13, 2014 – Shelved as: memoir
June 25, 2014 – Shelved as: celebrity

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