Bright Lights, Prairie Dust

Reflections on Life, Loss, and Love from Little House's Ma

Author: Karen Grassle

Publisher: She Writes Press

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

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Karen Grassle, the beloved actress who played Ma on Little House on the Prairie, grew up at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in a family where love was plentiful but alcohol wreaked havoc. In this candid memoir, Grassle reveals her journey to succeed as an actress even as she struggles to overcome depression, combat her own dependence on alcohol, and find true love. With humor and hard-won wisdom, Grassle takes readers on an inspiring journey through the political turmoil on ’60s campuses, on to studies with some of the most celebrated artists at the famed London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and ultimately behind the curtains of Broadway stages and storied Hollywood sets. In these pages, readers meet actors and directors who have captivated us on screen and stage as they fall in love, betray and befriend, and don costumes only to reveal themselves. We know Karen Grassle best as the proud prairie woman Caroline Ingalls, with her quiet strength and devotion to family, but this memoir introduces readers to the complex, funny, rebellious, and soulful woman who, in addition to being the force behind those many strong women she played, fought passionately—as a writer, producer, and activist—on behalf of equal rights for women. Raw, emotional, and tender, Bright Lights celebrates and honors womanhood, in all its complexity.

Summary of Karen Grassle's Bright Lights, Prairie Dust

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 86

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 I grew up with the living embodiment of the strength, devotion, and intelligence Laura Ingalls Wilder described in her books. My mother, Frae Ella Berry, was a oneroomschoolhouse teacher who married a man who was a devoted partner but whose restlessness also challenged all her strength. #2 My mother’s story was that she and her sister Edith, her big sister, grew up in San Jose. Their father, who they called Daddy, had met their mother, Frae, in a takeout stand in Missouri. They left Missouri after their mother died. #3 My parents had wanted to have a family, but they had suffered several miscarriages. When they heard about Dr. Penland, they decided to try again. Their baby was positioned and ready, but I wasn’t. #4 I was born in 1942. My parents were very optimistic, and when the doctor delivered me, my parents were able to buy a house in Oakland. But things did not go well in Gilroy, and my parents had to move to help their sister.

Summary of Karen Grassle's Bright Lights, Prairie Dust

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 52

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I grew up with the living embodiment of the strength, devotion, and intelligence Laura Ingalls Wilder described in her books. My mother, Frae Ella Berry, was a one-room-schoolhouse teacher who married a man who was a devoted partner but whose restlessness also challenged all her strength. #2 My mother’s story was that she and her sister Edith, her big sister, grew up in San Jose. Their father, who they called Daddy, had met their mother, Frae, in a take-out stand in Missouri. They left Missouri after their mother died. #3 My parents had wanted to have a family, but they had suffered several miscarriages. When they heard about Dr. Penland, they decided to try again. Their baby was positioned and ready, but I wasn’t. #4 I was born in 1942. My parents were very optimistic, and when the doctor delivered me, my parents were able to buy a house in Oakland. But things did not go well in Gilroy, and my parents had to move to help their sister.

Railhead

Author: Guy Franks

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

View: 889

“In his time, Robert Riordan was called a ‘Lincoln Man’ and a ‘Railroad Man’ but these terms attested more to his politics than to his character. He was a gentleman who clearly saw the line between good and evil...” So writes his biographer Pete Hammond, many years later, as he recollects the man who set out to tame the ‘Hell on Wheels’ town of Goshen, Wyoming. In 1869, Goshen is a wide-open town at war with itself. Gambling halls and brothels are big business yet the town is bankrupt, and murder and graft are common place. Can the young railroad town become a place where law-abiding folks can raise their families, or will it end up a shot up, gambled-out ghost town like Julesburg, ‘The Wickedest City in the West’? The fate of the town rests with one man—‘Butch’ Riordan—and all his grit and savvy may not be enough to check the forces seeking to destroy it. Railhead is an authentically detailed story of the post-Civil War West set against the backdrop of the lawless towns created by the building of the Union Pacific Railroad. Meet the special breed of men and women who civilized the wind-swept plains of Wyoming, along with the man Robert Riordan, who should seem very familiar to the readers of America.

Understanding E.L. Doctorow

Author: Douglas Fowler

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 190

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Burning

Author: Rose Mandan

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 335

View: 297

Christy Carstairs suffered with the "games" her father made her play with him in the rat-infested shed. Until the fire. The fire that destroyed that nasty place and left her father scarred for life.Years later, as a young adult, Christy cherished the Phoenix necklace given her by her aunt with a promise that she would emerge from the flames of her abused childhood a bright and beautiful bird. And so she had...But now, a series of arson fires is plaguing her life and a mystery unfolds as Christy begins to doubt her own mental stability.

Pen and Plow

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Category: Agricultural literature

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