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Confessions Of A Prairie B****

On January 18, 1962 Alison Arngrim is born to loving, but dysfunctional parents, Norma MacMillan and Thor Arngrim. Thor Arngrim has an enormous craving for publicity and Norma is the voice for Casper the Friendly Ghost and Gumby which makes them successful Hollywood actors. Naturally, they both expect their children, Alison, and her older brother, Stefan, to go down the same career path as them. As soon as she can walk and talk, Alison is staring as minor roles in movies and commercials, until she gets her big break on “Little House on the Prairie.” Alison plays the character of Nellie Oleson, who is the devil in child form. Nellie is outspoken, foul-mouthed, hateful, and she is a straight up pain.

In reality, Alison is the complete opposite of her character Nellie. Having to deal with the sexual abuse her brother brings upon her and having a broken family, encloses her in a shell and in a world of secrets. She is shy, quiet, fearful, and humble. When Alison is in costume and her blonde wig with ringlets is placed upon her head, she feels like a completely different person. When Alison plays Nellie she gets to push people around, hit people, throw things, break things, and she gets to channel out all of the rage and anger she has been hiding inside. Alison feels like she has control for once in her life and she’s ruthless and fearless. For seven years of her life, being Nellie helps her cope with the sexual abuse and molestation she experiences and the family problems she encounters. The character of Nellie cracks Alison open from her shell. She makes various new life long friendships on The Little House set and it feels like her second home and the cast becomes her second family.

Yet, all good things come to an end, and so does Alison’s career on “Little House on the Prairie.” How will Alison deal with her relationship that is spiraling out of control , the death of her parents, and the death of her onscreen husband and real life best friend due to AIDS without her second family- and most of all, without her persona of Nellie? How will Alison cope with her problems now that she is not able to channel her anger out through Nellie anymore? Alison’s memoir is a heartfelt read filled with reality, but mixed with humor  Her writing style is unique and interesting which makes the book hard to put down. “Confessions of a Prairie B****” will appeal to anybody who wants to read a moving but humorous novel, especially Little House fans.

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Joanna Leski, Reporter
Joanna is very excited to be a staff member of “The Talon” this school year. She is looking forward to writing about anything interesting that’s happening around Leyden and adding it to this website for everyone to read. There are a lot of interesting things happening around here, but a lot of people don’t know about them, so Joanna is looking forward to share them with us. She is a very good writer and can’t wait to prove it to everyone who’s reading the Talon.

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Developments/Details: Joanna has a twin sister, and she couldn’t be happier about it. Joanna is a smart girl who does well in school and is very good at writing. She stands up for herself when people treat her badly. The thing she dislikes most is disloyal friends. She describes herself as very optimistic. I’m sure everyone who knows her would describe her as optimistic because she is always smiling!


Developments/Details: Now Joanna enjoys reading and writing, but after high school she wants to be a physical therapist. She wants to go into this field because she want to help people get healthy and live better. Being a physical therapist is rewarding because they work with people over an extended period of time, and that creates a real relationship. Joanna is also looking forward to going to college - either in Poland or at Dominican University.


Developments/Details: Family is important to Joanna. “The happiest day of my life was when I met my whole family when I was about 7 years old,” she said with a smile. Joanna says having a twin makes everything better for her because it’s like having another you. She, of course, sees herself having a family and kids in the future. She wants her kids to be strong and to stand up for themselves just like her.

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    MarthaFeb 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Joanna Leski you are such a great writer!