Delco author publishes new book, plans “Little House on Prairie” cast reunion – Delco Times
BETHEL– It was almost half a century since the beloved television series “Little House on the Prairie” debuted on NBC in 1974. After a ten-year run, the show ceased to be aired in 1984, leaving a huge fan base behind it. During the COVID lockdown, one of those fans, Alicia Hogan Murphy of Bethel, hung on to reruns of the legendary show.
“When I found myself watching reruns of my favorite childhood TV show, ‘Little House on the Prairie’, the author in me decided to write a book about uplifting and positive messages and lessons. taught by this iconic series, ”said Murphy. “‘Walnut Grove Hits Home: Prairie Values for the Modern Family’ was written to honor the life and work of legendary Michael Landon.”
Landon, the lead actor, screenwriter, director and producer, died of pancreatic cancer in 1991. Bear Manor Media released “Walnut Grove Hits Home: Prairie Values for the Modern Family” last summer, a few just days before the 30th anniversary of Landon’s death. .
According to Murphy, the nostalgic 224-page book for adults and families takes readers back to a simpler time when being with family was the best feeling in the world. Even in today’s world, the lessons of television’s iconic “Little House on the Prairie” are still relevant and adopted by audiences around the world. Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” book series, the drama series revolved around the 1870s adventures of the Ingalls family who owned a farm in Walnut Grove, Minn.
In his new book, Murphy included a collection of episode segments and cast reflections to honor Landon and highlight the timeless values and uplifting messages of the hit TV series. Some of the topics covered include staying positive, instilling courage in children, tackling racism and prejudice, dealing with bullying, being both honest and disciplined, and being selfless in caring for others.
Murphy grew up on Long Island in New York. After attending Villanova University, where she studied liberal arts and sociology, Murphy returned to her home country and earned a master’s degree from Hofstra University. She began her career as an elementary school teacher, teaching fourth grade on Long Island, before returning to Pennsylvania, where she taught third grade at Media Elementary School in Media.
After getting married and having her first child, Murphy decided to be a stay-at-home mom. She eventually had two more children and launched her writing career. The Delaware County resident has already published three other books: “The Muddy Foot Prince” (2015, Curly Q Press); “Bear Hugs & Sock Bugs: A Collection of Wacky and Wonderful Poems for Kids” (2016, Curly Q Press); and “Motherhood: Insert Humor Here: The Infant and Toddler Years” (2020, Kindle Direct Publishing).
Because the release of his new book coincided with the anniversary of Landon’s death, Murphy decided to host a virtual event with the show’s cast to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) and to raise funds. for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 3 p.m. EST (noon PT) Saturday, October 30. The event will bring fans together to socialize, have fun and be part of the “Little House on the Prairie” virtual actor reunion.
Participants will discuss Murphy’s book; hear the thoughts and memories of the cast members; participate in anecdotes about the “little house” with viewers; and organize a small auction of items from the “little house”.
“The cast of ‘Little House’ were enthusiastic about the project, sending wonderful contributions of support,” said Murphy. “Jay Rosensweig, owner of SocialEvents123, will join me in organizing this virtual ‘Little House’ cast reunion.”
Tickets are $ 20 in advance and $ 25 on October 30. To register, people can visit https://socialevents123.com/event-details.aspx?id=10061.
Murphy prepared for this unique event by personally raising funds for PANCAN, in honor of Michael Landon. In September, Murphy took on the PANCAN Push-Up Challenge and did 600 push-ups, raising $ 250. Earlier this month, Murphy and her husband Jack hosted a “Beanies, Boots, Bubbly and Beer” charity event at their home, raising $ 967.
“This book has been an extremely special project for me,” said Murphy. “I wrote it during the COVID lockdown of 2020, a time when people were looking for all the things that brought them joy. Growing up watching and loving “The Little House on the Prairie,” I sought comfort there during this time of isolation. I found myself jotting down many positive thoughts and messages from the show that I could perhaps apply to my own family. As I wrote down these ideas I wondered if others in the country and around the world might be interested.
The cast of “Little House” allowed Murphy to interview them via phone, email, FaceTime and Cameo. According to the author, they provided wonderful thoughts and memories for the book. The cast members have all said there has been an incredible surge in interest in their show since the start of the pandemic. Many of them sell autographed books, photos and other “little house” items online on their personal web pages. Murphy remembers having a Little House on the Prairie lunchbox as a child, as well as a Little House cookbook. She also filled an entire photo album with newspaper and magazine articles about the show.
“I saw each episode over and over again,” she said. “My kids could tell you – I can probably recite every episode verbatim! ‘Little House’ is an incredibly inspiring series, filled with uplifting messages and positive lessons. In my opinion, we need more TV shows like this today.
So far, Murphy says she has only received positive feedback on the book.
“Readers who have loved watching ‘The Little House on the Prairie’ over the years have said they really enjoyed the book,” said Murphy. “Wendi Lou Lee, who played Baby Grace Ingalls on the show, posted a very positive review on Amazon.com. There were also readers who never watched an episode but felt drawn to the positive messages. Some even said they’d like to tune in now to see how the episodes go! Earning the praise and enthusiasm of the cast members, the book offers a much needed sense of hope, community, and laughter, just like the series did. It is a refreshing trip down memory lane that will bring a sense of calm to the reader’s present.
Alicia Hogan Murphy’s “Walnut Grove Hits Home: Prairie Values for the Modern Family” is available in paperback ($ 24) and hardcover ($ 34) at http://www.Amazon.com as good as http://www.BearManorMedia.com. An ebook will be available soon. For a signed copy, email [email protected] For more information on all of Murphy’s books, visit http://www.aliciamurphybooks.com.