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DISCUSS The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

From Library Journal:

[The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb] is loosely based on the life of Lavinia "Vinnie" Warren Bump, who married world-famous "little person" Charles Stratton (aka Gen. Tom Thumb).Benjamin tells Vinnie's story from her upbringing in a modest but proud Massachusetts family to her early forays into show business on a seedy riverboat to her eventual fame and fortune as one of P.T. Barnum's popular attractions. In an essentially arranged marriage, she reserves her emotional intimacy for Barnum and her sister Minnie, with tragic results. VERDICT Vinnie's first-person narration grabs you from the opening pages, providing hints of the absorbing and entertaining story to come. The novel is also a delightful cavalcade of late 19th-century Americana, as you travel with Vinnie up and down the Mississippi, head westward via the expanding railroad, and hobnob with New York's rich and famous. Those interested in "behind the scenes" of show business will be equally entranced.  (published 2011, 448 pages)

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  • Fiona R.

    A very enjoyable discussion.

    December 21, 2012

  • mary a.

    I enjoyed meeting all of you. The discussion of the book was interesting too. See you on Jan 10.

    December 13, 2012

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