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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated [Format Kindle]

Alison Arngrim
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“Hilarious and heartbreaking.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“Arngrim, decades past her ‘Little House On The Prairie’ years, dishes lots of great on-set stories, talks about what being a kid actor in the 1970s was actually like and discusses her own painful family history with frankness and humor....Delightful.” (NPR.org)

“Spunky Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie [Oleson], gets my kudos...Alison has a knack for yanking people’s chains in a good way. And her new bestselling memoir, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, is such an absorbing read, I just had to give the woman a call for some bitch talk.” (Michael Musto, Village Voice)

“’Confessions of a Prairie Bitch’ says it all: Neither Arngrim nor Nellie could ever be called boring.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Courage, moxie, chutzpah , cajones. Alison Arngrim has them all in spades. In “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” she bares her soul and manages to share her story with grace, dignity, and her inimitable humor. Simply put, I love this book and I love her. ” (Melissa Gilbert)

“Alison Arngrim, familiar to a generation of TV viewers as the petulant Nellie Oleson of ‘Little House On The Prairie,’ is dishing the dirt on Walnut Grove.” (AOL PopEater)

“Arngrim displays a healthy sense of humor.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Arngrim looks back on playing the pint-sized sociopath in her memoir, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” in which she merrily recalls show creator and star Michael Landon, that infamous blond wig, and how Nellie inspired her lifelong obsession with villainy.” (New York Post)

“Alison Arngrim is a talented actress and an author who has patched together a meaningful life and created a book whose pages…fly.” (Phyllis Diller)

“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)

“Alison Arngrim is a fine actress and a true comedienne. She has always been the kind of ‘Bitch’ who tells it like it is. So, readers beware, you are in for an eye-full of reality told with a remarkable sense of humor.” (Carol Channing)

“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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim’s comic memoir of growing up as one of television’s most memorable characters—the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House: the classic television series and its many stars like Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert; Gilbert’s bestselling memoir Prairie Tale... and, of course, the beloved series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that started it all.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3143 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 331 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (8 juin 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003L77ZVQ
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.7 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nellie Oleson 14 septembre 2011
Par Jane
A most interesting insight into the behind the scenes life of the T.V. series well written and often funny but also quite poignant as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 oh, elle est bien moins chipie que Marie 24 novembre 2014
Par Romy
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Témoignage sympatique d'une enfant star, Si Nelly a réussi à se rendre détestable sur l'écran, elle est attachante dans la vie réelle.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 déçu 5 août 2014
Par nat08
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je me suis trompée en commandant je n ai pas eu le livre en français mais en anglais j ai acheté un livre pour rien
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A delightfully honest, funny, poignant, joy to read! 22 juin 2010
Par Cosmic-Surf - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As with many, I went through the list of 'Prairie' books as they were released. As a reader, I do not necessarily look to 'relate' to the author's life, because we are all clearly different, even though I have spent my life in the entertainment business and my work is still in it. What I do look for is the author's honesty in the details they do choose to share. I also like it if the author realizes that not all their readers have shared in their experiences. It is almost like wanting my doctor to talk to me in terms I can understand and relate, rather than in medical jargon. And even me having been in the business for most of my life, I can still read an actor's autobiography and go: "What in the world is he or she talking about?!"

First came Gilbert's 'Prairie Tale.' I liked the book, but the author failed to realize that her readers are, for the most part, completely removed from her reality. She relates to the reader as a 'peer,' failing to realize that they will mostly have little clue as to what it is like to be in her shoes (i.e. not everyone can run up to Montreal to find out what their boyfriends are up to). Many readers will also like to know what was it like 'being' in the Little House ambience. Gilbert goes through her Little House years rather fast, so if you blink, you may miss it. This is understandable, because she grew up there, so it became, for her, daily routine, but her audience may be wanting a bit more since this was not their routine, and may be hungry to know more. And it seemed that her book was more a therapeutic catharsis rather than sharing one on one with her readers. Again, understandably so, and the approach she chose, so I took it as that and went with it.

Then came Melissa Sue Anderson's book, which in my view was pretty much a waste of paper. She remains as aloof in her accounts as she was with her co-stars in her years working in 'Little House.' What Arngrim would later explain about Anderson in her own book is clearly what I perceived about her reading it. Cold, removed and basically "I am not going to tell you much about me, so do not bother me by asking."

Finally, after much waiting, came Alison's book. Since what I knew of her was that she was witty, honest, open and just totally delightful, I could not wait to read her accounts. Yes, unlike some people, I do not hold the actor accountable for what their character does! As soon as the book arrived, I started glancing through it and immediately realized this was going to be an even better ride than I expected! Having finished the book, I have to say that it was even more so. I did not want it to end! She is charming, funny and completely open. She holds little back. But what I liked most is that she talks to her readers not only as 'friends,' but also knowing that their experience is not like hers. Therefore, she makes it clear to understand and relate to. In doing this, the gap that could be there between her and her readers is eliminated and she comes across as a person, rather than a celebrity many cannot relate to. Now, Alison could have easily followed in Melissa Gilbert's path, since both her and Melissa G. were pretty much raised in the business, making it hard to see life from the outside, but she did not. This is an enormous credit to her, because it is not easy to do. What this means to me is that she can relate to the business 'outsiders' as with the 'insiders' and does not talk down to, but on equal terms. Clearly, she not only appreciates her fans, but also completely understands their curiosity and aims at placating it. To someone in the business, it becomes pretty much run of the mill what a set looks like, what the crew does and what others in the cast are like. They tend to disregard that fans may be craving to know every detail, because to the actor, it is a daily reality they have stopped being in awe of. Alison seems to understand this and speaks to her readers with the same awe they have. Her attitude is pretty much, "you and I are not much different, let me share about my life with you and how wonderful my Little House 'behind the scenes' years were." Alison also shares about her own child abuse, and does so handling a very delicate subject in quite a remarkable way. She is indeed quite a woman.

I have to add this as well: Alison's wit is phenomenal! There are times in reading her book in which she has you laughing so hard you literally start crying. Her matter of fact look at life in Hollywood, Simi Valley and the 1800's prairie is just hilarious.

If you are even a remotely interested fan of 'Little House on the Prairie,' you HAVE to get this book!
47 internautes sur 47 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ah, the "sweetness" of a return to the prairie! 17 juillet 2010
Par James Hiller - Publié sur Amazon.com
This was the third attempt for me to return to the the vintage "Little House on the Prairie". The first was by Half-Pint herself, in Prairie Tale: A Memoir. Her Little House days are recounted but by far, the majority of the tome is dedicated to her pill-popping and wild Hollywood life after the show. Then came the truly hideous The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House which half the book is merely episode recaps (really). So, I hoped upon hope that my third attempt to visit Walnut Grove in a book would be beneficial. Thankfully, the bully of the prairie has come through, and has given us a remarkable memoir in "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated".

Alison's memoir is a doozy. First, you get an inside glimpse into the making of the show, starting with a blow-by-blow account of how she got the role that would define her as an actress, the incomparable Nellie Oleson. One of the most surprisingly delightful recounts are the hours she spent in the hair and makeup rooms donning that truly hideous Nellie wig. Her insights into her costars are witty, slightly sarcastic, and eye-opening. Her friendship with Melissa Gilbert really make the chapters fun and she reserves some venom for Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary. There is plenty of dish on the people in the show, all in good fun and none of it comes across as nasty.

Another wonderfully touching part of her book is her recounting of her on screen husband, actor Steve Tracy, who was gay in real life. Their friendship, and his fight with AIDS, ended up changing her life. She writes with real compassion and insight; those pages are particularly beautiful and heartbreaking.

But what will really knock your socks off with this book is her revelation of her years of sexual abuse by her older brother, which she had to endure for years. She writes about how she used the nastiness of Nellie to work through some of her issues, almost as if being nasty to others was her way of defending herself. This issue too would come to define her adult life and mission as she works on these issues.

One year, I remember standing in Los Angeles watching the Pride parade, and seeing Alison ride down in a car waving to all of her fans. I fell in love with her then. Now, after reading this maginficant memoir, she has my respect and admiration for the rest of my life. She is a survivor, so should we all be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 funny and unexpectedly touching 17 juin 2010
Par Meg e - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a girl who grew up with Little House on the Prairie, I knew that I would enjoy this book. A Nellie Oleson tell all? I mean, who WOULDN'T want to read that!? And as a behind the scene look at the world of Little House, Prairie Bitch is detailed and funny, with wonderful descriptions of her costars. What I didn't realize when I pre-ordered it was Alison's work for survivors of sexual assault and her background as an assault survivor, along with the work she's done for years in support of people living with AIDS. She took what could have just been a breezy and funny childstar memoir and gave it deep substance and importance.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Best Bitch in Town! 18 juin 2010
Par Corey A. Balazowich - Publié sur Amazon.com
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While I watched Little House a few times as a kid, I didn't become a big fan until recently when I re-read the books from childhood and bought the boxed set when it was on sale at B&N. As a child, Nellie scared the daylights out of me - mostly because I was bullied a lot in school and she reminded me of those mean girls. As an adult, I kind of loved her brazen bitchy style. While she was annoying, she was pretty damn smart. I did like how she grew up though and was sad to see her leave the show (but was thrilled when she came back for visits).

Since I read "Prairie Tale" Amazon suggested that I may want to preorder Confessions of a Prairie Bitch... and I did, immediately. It sounded like a much more enjoyable read than the former book. While I liked Prairie Tale okay I didn't relate much to Melissa at all. I didn't grow up rich. I didn't have a seemingly great family. I didn't drink until I was 21. I never rebelled. So while her story was interesting to me, I couldn't really relate. It was also told in more of a dramatic sad fashion, than in the dark-humor fashion that I greatly prefer and understand.

I got Confessions the day it was release and it killed me to have to finish my book I was reading before I could delve into it (I'm anal like that). I kept looking at the cover just KNOWING a great story lied beneath it's pink pop art cover. While you can't always judge a book by its cover, this one is exactly what its cover depicts - sassy, spunky, edgy and hilarious.

While I didn't have a gay father, I had a similar abusive relationship with my older brother so from the early stages of this book I felt like Alison was a kindred spirit. It's rare to meet someone that has and appreciates dark humor and isn't weirded out by it. I'm also a Daddy's girl and am proud to this day when people tell me that I remind them of him in looks and wit. While I was never an actor (well unless you count the local theater!) I could really relate to a lot of Alison's stories and life. Even if I couldn't, I know that I would still enjoy this book so much more than the other prairie tales because it plays it real.

If you are looking for a backstory on some of the antics on the Little House set they are here in abundance. Alison tells the truth about everything and doesn't sugar coat a thing, including just what was beneath Charles' trousers and what Melissa Sue was really like. If you are just looking for a fun memoir to read, look no further. This book is a great read, even for the non-LHOP fan!

Beyond Little House, Alison delves into what became her life's work afterwards beyond her stand-up routine, her fight for AIDS rights and for [...]. I honestly had no idea such a law existed to protect relatives of abuse victims and am aghast that such a law even EXISTS in this time and day! I plan on signing up immediately and I hope that you do as well (especially after reading her novel).

The bottom line is that it's easy to take a life of sadness and heartache and turn it into a lifelong sorrow. I hear all too often "woe is me" and "life isn't fair" and yet most of these people complaining don't even know what unfair or true sadness is. The beauty of this book is that never once does Alison wax poetic about the crappy hand life dealt her, she chucks it up to a life lesson and something to grow from and moves along. Alison's wit and candor may not be your cup of tea, but you have to admit to admiring her brass set of balls and her positive outlook on life.

By far the best book I've read this year and one of the best memoirs ever. I hope to read more from Alison and that she makes a stop somewhere near the lonely state of Ohio on her tour!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you read only one 1970s child star memoir this lifetime, make it this one 27 juin 2010
Par J. Darby - Publié sur Amazon.com
A shame my mother could not live to see this day for she would be so happy and it's all thanks to Nellie Oleson: it took me 44 years to fall in love with a woman but I finally managed. You come to this book knowing that Alison played Nellie Oleson and perhaps knowing that she's still friends with Melissa Gilbert and had a stand-up act, and maybe even you knew about the sexual abuse from the Larry King interview years ago (did anybody else want to go Preston Brooks on that old man when he kept asking things like "was there penetration?" and "who was it?" after she said- repeatedly- she didn't want to answer them? Even if it was just me then I feel no less justified.). By the time you read the book you leave wishing she was on your speed dial.
What puts this miles ahead of other memoirs- and not just by celebrities- is that she not only has a great story- carbuncles of them in fact, and you feel she's only raised the first couple of petticoats- but she tells them FABULOUSLY. This isn't just a great child star memoir, it's a great book and I hope it's not her last because the lady has talent. If she were just hysterically funny, or just gave the perfect amount of dish about her co-stars, it would be worth the price in and of itself, but the fact she can drop bombshells that make you gasp and anecdotes that make you laugh so loud you scare your dogs all on the same page. From her parents- so genteely dysfunctional and flamboyant that you wonder how in the world she missed being southern- to the sexual abuse she endured from her brother and not only so bravely shares but does so in such a matter-of-fact way that it is all the more horrifying, to the beloved friend and ersatz husband who battled AIDS when only one funeral home in L.A. would take his body, to her celebrity dish and her experiences around the world as the greatest ringleted petticoated she-devil in celluloid history (Nellie of course hovers over her life like a 7 year DVD set of Dorian Gray), and yet you not only read not a single note of self pity but have the feeling that to pity her would bring Nellie raging to the surface faster than a wheelchair down a hill- she is not just writing a biography of herself but bringing a degree of immortality to characters who need to be remembered. This book does not go in my mental classification system with the memoirs of her LHOP co-stars and other child stars, it gets filed in with David Sedaris and Jeanette Walls and other fantastic Gen-X memoirists.
A look at my other reviews will show you that I am not a person of few words, and it is a tribute to Alison that I end this here, because I don't want to spoil the delight of this book for you. Buy two copies- one to keep and one to loan, because you'll want to share it but you won't want to lose your own.
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