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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated - Alison Arngrim
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
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For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history's most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics, Arngrim grew to love her character—and the freedom and... show more
For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history's most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics, Arngrim grew to love her character—and the freedom and confidence Nellie inspired in her. In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Arngrim describes growing up in Hollywood with her eccentric parents: Thor Arngrim, a talent manager to Liberace and others, whose appetite for publicity was insatiable, and legendary voice actress Norma MacMillan, who played both Gumby and Casper the Friendly Ghost. She recalls her most cherished and often wickedly funny moments behind the scenes of Little House: Michael Landon's "unsaintly" habit of not wearing underwear; how she and Melissa Gilbert (who played her TV nemesis, Laura Ingalls) became best friends and accidentally got drunk on rum cakes at 7-Eleven; and the only time she and Katherine MacGregor (who played Nellie's mom) appeared in public in costume, provoking a posse of elementary schoolgirls to attack them. Arngrim relays all this and more with biting wit, but she also bravely recounts her life's challenges: her struggle to survive a history of traumatic abuse, depression, and paralyzing shyness; the "secret" her father kept from her for twenty years; and the devastating loss of her "Little House husband" and best friend, Steve Tracy, to AIDS, which inspired her second career in social and political activism. Arngrim describes how Nellie Oleson taught her to be bold, daring, and determined, and how she is eternally grateful to have had the biggest little bitch on the prairie to show her the way.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061962141 (0061962147)
Publisher: It Books
Pages no: 302
Edition language: English
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A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Having recently discovered my public library's e-book programme, I took the opportunity to read this and Melissa Sue Anderson's memoir in tandem. This is the better book; it is more frank and it's funnier, though perhaps a tad light on consideration for other living people's feelings in places. Sti...
KatieC
KatieC rated it
3.5 Not so much confessions as engaging conversation
I had no particular expectations when picking up this book out of curiosity, but it quickly grabbed me. Alison Arngrim is a good writer with a delightful sense of humor. She doesn't take herself too seriously despite plenty of reason for doing so. I was pleasantly surprised. She's good people.
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4.0 Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Someone was talking about this book on Twitter the other day and I suddenly remembered I actually had a copy on my Nook. My mom had read it and said she thought I'd enjoy it a while back but I never got around to reading it until now. When I was a kid I was a big fan of Little House but honestly wou...
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4.0 Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
A must for any lover of Little House on the Prairie.
 Stacia in Progress
Stacia in Progress rated it
3.0 Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
This book had been in the massive TBR pile for quite some time when a chance reading of an author's blog jolted the memory of Prairie Bitch back into my mind. I'll have to agree with this author in saying that Joffrey from the television show Game of Thrones does bear a striking resemblance to Nelli...
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