Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert recently took time to talk with Smashing Interviews Magazine about her new memoir Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, a Life Rediscovered.
The book is available starting today, and it’s a humorous and heatfelt chronicle of her journey from Hollywood to a ramshackle house in the Catskills during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She married actor and director Timothy Busfield in 2013. Her husband introduced her to the wilds of rural Michigan, she began to fall back in love with nature. Work took them to New York, and they found a rustic cottage to call home. She named the house Cabbage – cabin and cottage combined – and the book details all of the blood, sweat and tears that the two of them endured just to make it habitable.
The book offers a glimpse into her life, and it also gives readers tips on renovating a house and planting a garden. And it includes some home-spun recipes.
“I sort of hoped that people might find it inspirational just by the mere fact that if I am able to do these things, anybody can do them without chopping off a limb or needing to run to an emergency room,” she told Smashing Interviews Magazine. “I think I wanted to really share our experiences weeding through the initial Covid stuff and just to remind people of how resilient we really are and maybe to share a little of that hope as we continue to have to navigate obviously Covid and everything else that’s going on in the world today.”
The book also captures and expresses the joy of country life.
“I’d always wanted to have land, to have chickens, to have a garden, to be somewhat independent in many different ways, to also contribute to the plan, to give back, to try to leave a smaller carbon footprint and just be a conscientious human.”
If you want to get more information on what is happening with Gilbert, you can read the full transcript of the interview here, no subscription required.