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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

A Novel
Benjamin, Melanie (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
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Authors: Benjamin, Melanie
Title: The autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
a novel
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 424 p. ;,22 cm
ISBN: 0345527577
9780345527578
0385344155
9780385344159
Statement of Responsibility: Melanie Benjamin
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-424)
Subject Headings: Dwarfs United States Fiction Women circus performers United States Fiction Magri, M. Lavinia (Mercy Lavinia), 1841-1919 Fiction
Topical Term: Dwarfs
Women circus performers
LCCN: 2010052863
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Mar 28, 2014
  • kerry3095 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This extremely well-written book provides a fascinating insight into life in the US in the late 1800s in much the same way as 'Water for Elephants'. The obsession with 'oddities' such as proportionate dwarves seems wrong somehow to our modern ways of thinking but I think most of us have a naturally curiosity for living beings who are 'out of the ordinary'. I would loved to have met Mr and Mrs Tom Thumb in person and certainly enjoyed reading about Vinnie's (imagined) challenges and inner thoughts.

Aug 25, 2012
  • wauchor rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very enjoyable. It exposes a world that someone like me (6 foot 4 inches) can only imagine. So much of the history is also very enjoyable and educational, but still and always - fun

Mar 30, 2012
  • Juliekinz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

original and interesting! love reading from different viewpoints at different times in history, and this definitely fit the bill. great book!

Feb 24, 2012
  • nopride rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! It had so much heart and new adventures around every bend.Very interesting characters

A first-person novel about a real 'little person.' Lavinia
' Vinnie' Warren was born in 1841. She stopped growing at less than 3 feet (due to a pituitary disorder). She refused to be coddled, got an education, and taught school. But she wanted to see the world and persuaded her parents to let a 'cousin,' a show business promoter, let her join his retinue on a Mississippi showboat. He is unsavory. She is resourceful and is rescued by none other than P. T. Barnum. His grand publicity stunt is to marry her to his other 'little person,' Charles Stratton AKA Col. Tom Thumb. They are rock stars and travel the world, meet Queen Victoria and Abraham Lincoln, and live in high style. Their private life was not so pleasant. Charles was sheltered, spoiled, an alcoholic gambler. Vinnie is sometimes clueless but often insightful. She prevails against the odds. "I will not let my size define me," she said. "I will define it."

This is a great choice for book groups.

Sep 09, 2011
  • gvlee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting story, well told. I never knew about these people until I read this book. Based on the lives of the real people.

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