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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated | Alison Arngrim
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 characterand 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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Scochrane26
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I‘ve missed a lot on Litsy today because of work. I finished this book and really loved it. I was a big Little House fan when I was young, & my sister has the book series and loved the show. Listening to it was a great way to bring back memories since “Nellie” is reading it. She talks about serious issues, as well as stories from the prairie. I enjoyed the humor. TW-sexual abuse

Amiable I read this one a year or so ago -- I was surprised and amused by how funny Allison Arngrim is! She's the exact opposite of Nellie Oleson. ;) 4d
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DebinHawaii
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#SoaringScores
Alison Arngrim has more than just #TheConfession in this book, she confesses all manner of secrets about her personal life growing up, her co-stars & her time on the Little House on the Prairie set as Nellie Olsen. It‘s been a few years since I read it but I remember enjoying it.

Cinfhen Even the cover looks scandalous 😂😂 I really didn‘t watch the series but I‘m sure this is JUICY 😜 1mo
Stacypatrice This is on my TBR list 📚 1mo
CrowCAH I bet celebrities do have a lot of secrets. 1mo
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royallyregan93
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Listening to this book this week for the third time! I could listen to chapter 11 over and over!!! Is it sad that I just bought a hard copy just so I could have it signed by the author/actress/comedian when I meet her this weekend? I can‘t wait!!!! #NellieOleson #AlisonArngrim

pigeonsandcrows Love this book! It's the first book I ever read in ebook format. 2mo
royallyregan93 You should listen to it! It‘s even better because she reads it! 1mo
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NotCool
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I‘ve never watched Little House on the Prairie, but I picked this up on the strength of its title. Arngrim seems like an interesting person and a good friend to have. And she got to play the bad guy! Who doesn‘t love playing a good scene chewing villain?

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NotCool
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“She finally found a funeral home that would help her. The one funeral home that would take people who had died of AIDS was the only Africa America owned funeral home in town. Having been the target of discrimination and hatred for so many years.:. it‘s owners understood What it was like to have someone say “you can‘t bury your loved one because: we don‘t serve your kind”.

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Susanita
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1. Some of my friends call me Suzy Q.
2. Tagged book not as good as the one @GypsyKat got to first, but it still makes me giggle.
3. I told a friend I was reading Life of Pi, and she totally spoiled the ending. 😡
4. I like pretty covers, but generally speaking I‘m more interested in the synopsis.
5. Not sure if you‘ve done it already?
#wondrouswednesday

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 5mo
GypsyKat Haha! This is a good one though! 😂 5mo
Eggs Hahaha that title 🤗👏🏻😂 5mo
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Jody3
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I would recommend this both to readers with an interest in the Little House series, but also to anyone who wants to read about Arngrim's courage in facing her childhood abuse and using her own experiences to help others. She comes across as gutsy, brave, warm, and with a dark sense of humor that makes me think she and I could be friends. I imagine most of her readers are left with that feeling.

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Tera66
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Like most women my age I grew up with Little House on the Prairie. But unlike most I loved Nellie Olson. She was my favorite part of the show. ( And I wondered how I wound up in Slytherin.😒) I think she was pretty honest and I appreciate that she didn't come out and trash the show or her costars. I listened to this on audio and loved it.

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Amiable
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Thoroughly enjoying this memoir by the always-keeps-it-interesting "Nellie Oleson" from "Little House on the Prairie." You go, girl! ? I can't decide which factoid I find most fascinating: that Allison Arngrim's mother was the voice of both Casper the Friendly Ghost and Gumby, or that Michael Landon never wore underwear. ?

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Angeles
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I generally don‘t go for memoirs but I loved this one.

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AngieAvers
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What fun! It's great to hear Alison's point of view.

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Sarahandhella
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I feel bad that I haven‘t read it yet, according to the autograph I bought it 7 years ago!! Saw the author with my sister that day and it has been on my TBR list since. Saw the audiobook was on Hoopla so decided might as well!

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Emory
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I could not put this down. For fans of the Little House show, this is a definite must read. Alison took me on a rollercoaster of emotions; I found myself laughing aloud reading one page and tearing up several pages later. Her strength and courage shone through in her writing and I was happy to read about her successes. Very pleased to have spent my Sunday reading this!

Big trigger warning for physical and sexual abuse.

DebinHawaii This was a fun one! 😀👍 2y
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Emory
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I think it's really rude that I'm just now finding out about the existence of this book. My boyfriend has never seen Little House and we've just started watching the show from the beginning so I'm very excited to dig into this.

Also, this cover is a work of art! 😂

dariazeoli I forgot this book was one I've wanted to read! Thanks for the reminder! 2y
LauraJ This sounds awesome! 2y
ralexist I grew up about 15 miles from Walnut Grove and I've always found it so interesting/amusing/intriguing how many folks across the world enjoy the books and the show. 2y
Purrfectpages Wow! Can't believe this is an actual book! 2y
ReadingMeagan I have been wanting to read this one for a while! 2y
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BookishDevices
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Love her or hate her, Alison Arngrim writes a mean memoire. ~Jules
http://bookishdevices.com/2016/09/21/cpb/

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cathy6098
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Alison Arngrim is hilarious, insightful and inspirational. This book is nicely written and full of great stories about her time on the show and the other cast members. The most compelling stories, however, are probably the ones about Alison's own childhood and family. Truly amazing that she did not become another child actor tragedy. Loved it, love her! Read it❤️😊