Back to the Prairie Book Review

Back to the Prairie: A home remade, a life rediscovered

By: Melissa Gilbert

Gallery Books

Publish Date 10 May 2022

Biographies and Memoirs

100 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would like to thank both NetGalley and Gallery Books for allowing me to read and review this book.

Good Reads Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author and star of Little House on the Prairie returns with a new 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.

Book Review:

I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars. Melissa is a great writer and draws you in with her humor and straight forwardness. She tells it like it is.

In this book it starts out with her divorce from Bruce. Then it moves on to her meeting her current husband Tim. She talks about her career and the injuries she has gotten and the pain she was always in. She loves her family very much and it shows in the book. This book takes you through the before, during and after of Covid-19. She tells how she was ready for a change and how she was able to do this even during Covid-19.

She is so much more than I thought she would be. She is honest and true to herself, family and friends. She loves animals and has a special with them. I love the stories about her wild animal friends.

There were some things I didn’t she tried, and she has done so much. I highly recommend this book.

Published by debbierpayne

Mother of six and Grandmother of 7. I enjoy reading, sewing, cooking, and crocheting. I am an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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