Back to the Prairie is Melissa Gilbert’s memoir of her recent years, starting in 2019 with the purchase of a home and property in upstate New York. Living in rural Michigan after marrying actor and director Timothy Busfield, Melissa & Timothy’s work takes them to New York City. Life in the busy and hectic Big Apple leads the couple to purchase a house in the country to relax and get away from all the demands of modern day living. However, the home they purchase has been abandoned for years, and takes the two (along with the help of friends) a great deal of sweat and equity to ready it to be lived in. This is accomplished just before COVID 19 strikes the country, and they settle in as pioneers, living off the land. Ms. Gilbert is a down- to- earth writer, and I enjoyed reading about her life and times.