The Glass Castle meets The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in this dazzlingly honest and provocative family memoir by former child actress and current Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis. When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of a lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the world’s most famous primetime soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. Despite her age, she was already a veteran actress living a charmed life, but behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother.
Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter is a fascinating account of life as a child star in the 1980s and also a startling tale of a family under the care of a highly neurotic, dangerously competitive “tiger mother.” But perhaps most importantly, now that Melissa has three children of her own, it is a meditation on motherhood, parenting, and family.
Melissa Francis was only eight years old when she won the role of a lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the world’s most famous prime-time soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. Now in Lessons from the Prairie, she shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set, and inspirational yet practical life lessons learned from the show’s dynamic creator, Michael Landon, that have echoed throughout Melissa’s adult life. She’ll teach you her recipe for turning disaster into golden opportunity; the psychological (and financial!) benefits of staying positive; and how to be open to everyday miracles—all while peeling back the curtain of both the legendary Little House series and the wildly popular Fox News phenomenon. Whether you’re a fan of her television work past or present, you’ll roar at Melissa’s unique brand of self-deprecating humor and walk away with the tools to lead a happier and more successful life.