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In the Little World: A True Story of Dwarfs, Love, and Trouble

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In 1997, almost by accident, John Richardson found himself sharing a hotel with more than a thousand dwarfs. Over the course of a single week, he begins relationships with some of the people at a convention that evolve into an affecting two-year-and-beyond odyssey into the little world.

He introduces us to characters like a saintly but obsessed doctor and a mother who sacri
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published December 1st 2001)
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Aug 17, 2007 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know dwarves
Shelves: biosandmemoirs
The author looks into the lives and culture of "little people" aka dwarves. He attends their annual convention, which is about the only time of year that little people can get out and mingle amongst themselves. As a result, the convention is very competitive as far as dating and relationships. We learn just about everything concerning little people culture--dating "normals" vs. dating little people, sex lives, feuds, you name it. I have personally known at least two dwarves, so this book helped ...more
Jun 09, 2007 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropolgy
This review gives a good overview of this book that I got a lot out of. Insights into what it's like to be a dwarf, it has stuck with me over the years.

Richardson's introduction to the Little World begins at the Little People of America convention in Atlanta. On assignment to write a story of the convention for Esquire magazine, Richardson conducts interviews with several dwarfs. He meets Michael, looking for love and hoping to hit it off with Meredith. He also meets Jocelyn and her mother, Evel
Feb 20, 2009 Kittiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know dwarves
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this to be a very interesting read. The author John Richardson had decided to go to a "Little Person Convention" that happens once a year. He felt he needed a change of pace from what he had currently been writting about. By going there and meeting the people who attend had changed his life. You follow along with the stories of people he choose to write about for about two years. He also writes about the history of "dwarves". You get to have a inside veiw of what it's like to presevere t ...more
Oct 10, 2010 matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this down. Even when I wanted to - even when he seemed to go on and on about too many specifics in his relationship with a few of the people he meets - the book was always captivating. It brought back memories of a guy I went to school with who was a dwarf - and how utterly oblivious I was to what that meant for his life. It brought up thoughts about body perception, and how our perceptions of our "selves" can change everything about who we are as a person inside and out.
It is a
Jul 27, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are drunk and/or interested in little people
Shelves: truetrue
I read this book primarily while recovering from a hangover and suffering a migraine simultaneously. I would throw up, pass out and then pick up this book to distract myself from the throbbing pain.
Despite that, the book is really engaging and well-written. The narrator does get a little too involved in places and needed a decent proofreading (he mixes up little people in a couple of places.)
In the Little World gives us a unique glimpse into the lives of 3 little people, as they prefer to be called. The author describes his interactions with Andrea, Jocelyn, Michael, and Meredith with such clarity that you feel as though you're there with him.

He also explores what it means to be different in a society that prides itself on conformity. His explorations are interesting and thought provoking. It makes one consider the emphasis our society places on physical beauty.
Jul 27, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wowzees. I have an entirely different perspective now...this book made me think bunches about disability, beauty, self & other, and human perception and boundaries.
Mar 17, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a non-fiction book about dwarfs--it was very thought provoking and it was actually disturbing in some ways about how we react to differences in people.
Apr 25, 2010 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Felt exploitative, particularly the detailed account of the broken marriage which did not further the reader's understanding of the subculture of dwarfs.
Fairly interesting. Besides stories of dwarfs, the author muses on beauty, postmodern theories of difference and the history of the disability movement.
Dec 17, 2008 RunRachelRun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture
Fascinating. As a 5-foot woman, I know the pleasures and terrors of being the height of an average 12-year old American child.
Jess Schira
Informative, but very odd book. The author seemed way to involved in lives of the people he wrote about.
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