“[Not] the typical celebrity memoir . . . as much an account of her decades-long spiritual journey as it is a look back at her TV and movie career.” —Spiritual Pop Culture
“Mary is a whole lot more than Erin on The Waltons. This book shows how she’s handled all the highs and lows with grace.” —George Clooney
For nine seasons, Mary McDonough was part of one of the most beloved families in television history. Just ten years old when she was cast as the pretty, wholesome middle child Erin, Mary grew up on the set of The Waltons, alternately embracing and rebelling against her good-girl onscreen persona. Now, as the first cast member to write about her experiences on the classic series, she candidly recounts the joys and challenges of growing up Walton—from her overnight transformation from a normal kid in a working class, Irish Catholic family, to a Hollywood child star, to the personal challenges that led her to take on a new role as an activist for women’s body image issues.
Touching, funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always illuminating, Lessons from the Mountain is the story of everything Mary McDonough learned on her journey over—and beyond—that famous mountain.
Includes Never Before Published Bonus Chapter!
“A fascinating look at what it’s like to grow up in front of and beyond the cameras.” —Eve Plumb
“For someone who started out as a sweet little girl afraid to speak up, it certainly is a pleasure to hear her shout from the top of the mountain now!” —Alison Arngrim, New York Times bestselling author
“[A] poignant memoir . . . the actress shares intimate, behind-the-scenes memories.” —Smashing Interviews Magazine
The other Mary
This was one of the best books I've read in a very long time! Very well written! Great look behind the camera of the best family show from one of the "kids" and her relatable personal story also ! Good job Mary !!!!
Well written book with great insights about being a child star and working on The Waltons. Of course, my favorite part is her chapter on working with Melissa Sue Anderson in the movie, Midnight Offerings. Also, the chapter about her father was very touching.
Enlightening and Inspirational
One of the most outstanding things, in my mind, about The Waltons, was how
everyone was looking out for one another, whether it was family looking out for
family or friend helping friend, everyone cared about each other. And therein is
the main lesson Mary took from Erin Walton. Mary exemplifies the very best of these Waltons’ virtues, and I found this book to be both enlightening and inspirational.