Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter: A Memoir by Melissa FrancisDiary of a Stage Mother's Daughter: A Memoir by Melissa Francis

Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter: A Memoir

byMelissa Francis

Paperback | September 10, 2013

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The Glass CastlemeetsThe Battle Hymn of the Tiger Motherin 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 lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family 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, moving from one Hollywood set to the next. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother, as fame and a mother's ambition pushed her older sister deeper into the shadows.Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughteris a fascinating account of life as a child star in the 1980's, 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 two sons of her own, it's a meditation on motherhood, and the value of pushing your children: how hard should you push a child to succeed, and at what point does your help turn into harm?
A graduate of Harvard University,Melissa Francisgrew up in southern California. As a broadcast journalist, she has anchored CNBC'sPower Lunch,The Call, andOn The Money,served as a regular contributor to theTodayshow andWeekend TodayShow, and currently hosts two daily business shows on the Fox Business Network. She lives in New York Cit...
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Title:Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 5.62 × 0.87 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1602862303

ISBN - 13:9781602862302

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"Melissa Francis' story is riveting. The book is the perfect antidote for the 'Tiger Mom' syndrome that seems to be gaining traction in today's society...If you want to be inspired to reach beyond what you were taught as a child, get this book now."
-Melissa Gilbert, author of the bestselling "Prairie Tale: A Memoir"