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Millie-Christine: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Conjoined twins Millie-Christine endured kidnappings and slavery, in both the United States and England, before rising to prominence as performers in traveling shows throughout Europe.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by John F. Blair, Publisher (first published June 1999)
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Melissa Dally
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
23. Millie-Christine Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Joanne Martell - This is a biography about a famous pair of conjoined twins who were born in the US south as slaves in 1851 and throughout their lives became famous not only for their unusual body, but for becoming fluent in 5 languages, talented singers, and accomplished musicians. They were joined at the backside at the sacrum, but were nearly completely separate (similar to how Daisy and Violet Hilton were joined). Most interestingly, the ...more
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it
OK, I know, a second Siamese Twin book in a month. I'm sure I picked it up because it was recommended to people who read the story of the Hilton Sisters. This was another fascinating biography - these twins were black, born into slavery, kidnapped, taken to England, where their owner (with their mother) retrieved them...and took them back to the US, despite the urging of the British.

Like the Hilton sisters, Millie-Christine performed as a traveling entertainer, and worked with PT Barnum (and, i
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Felt like more of a research project than a biography. It's well-researched, but there's no sense of narrative in the writing. I know it's non-fiction, but I'd still love some storytelling, rather than a long list of facts (some just barely related to the twins at all).
Story of Siamese twins born into slavery and their life performing on the road. They were highly intellligent-could speak five languages, beautiful, talented and generous to the causes they believed in.
Michelle Baxter
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some fascinating stuff and a lot of boring stuff.
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Born in North Carolina in 1851 the child would have been brought up in slavery and forgotten. But at birth Christine was born with a much smaller sister on her back whose name was Millie. From that moment on Christine-Millie was a fascination to everyone. She was checked by many puzzled and excited doctors who most just wanted to experiment. They started doing side shows were they would sing, dance, talk fluent in five different languages and recite their own poems. These shows first started in ...more
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