Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered (Hardcover)

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Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered (Hardcover)

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I only read one or two of the "Little House" books growing up (more of an Alcott fan) and didn't own a television when Melissa Gilbert's Laura Ingalls Wilder character debuted on "Little House on the Prairie." But I remember when Melissa Gilbert became President of the Screen Actors Guild:  there were very few women presidents at the time...anywhere. Since then, books and a documentary have increased my interest in Ingalls and her very emancipated daughter Rose Wilder Lane. For me, and I bet many others, Gilbert's second half might be even more interesting than her days as a child star. For a few years, Gilbert and her husband, actor/director Timothy Busfield, lived just north of Ann Arbor ("Our friend Jeff Daniels, another Michigander , said to me, "Listen if you get bored, go to Ann Arbor. They think they're Paris.") This book covers that experience, her short run for political office in Michigan, and their move to a fixer upper in the Catskills in late 2019. Of course it becomes a pandemic journal, as they wait out the worst, and turn their cottage into a little farm  (cue the chickens). Gilbert is a very accomplished writer...and there are recipes!

— From Carla's Picks (2021-2022)

The New York Times bestselling author and star of Little House on the Prairie returns with a hilarious and heartfelt memoir chronicling her journey from Hollywood to a ramshackle house in the Catskills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Known for her childhood role as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the classic NBC show Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert has spent nearly her entire life in Hollywood. From Dancing with the Stars to a turn in politics, she was always on the lookout for her next project. She just had no idea that her latest one would be completely life changing.

When her husband introduces her to the wilds of rural Michigan, Melissa begins to fall back in love with nature. And when work takes them to New York, they find a rustic cottage in the Catskill Mountains to call home. But “rustic” is a generous description for the state of the house, requiring a lot of blood, sweat, and tears for the newlyweds to make habitable.

When the pandemic descends on the world, it further nudges Melissa out of the spotlight and into the woods. She trades Botox treatments for DIY projects, power lunching for gardening and raising chickens, and soon her life is rediscovered anew in her own little house in the Catskills.
Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the hit NBC television show Little House on the Prairie. She has starred in numerous movies and plays and served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. She is the author of Prairie TaleDaisy and JosephineMy Prairie Cookbook, and Back to the Prairie. She resides in the Catskills and New York City with her husband, Timothy Busfield.
Product Details ISBN: 9781982177188
ISBN-10: 1982177187
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English