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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
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Mar 26, 2015

really liked it

Once again, Melanie Benjamin has found a great true life character for her novel. In "Alice I Have Been", Benjamin told the story of the real life girl on whom Alice in Wonderland was based. This time, Benjamin introduces the reader to Vinnie Warren, who is best known for being the wife of Tom Thumb. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea that Tom Thumb was a real person as opposed to a character in a fairy tale. During the Civil War, General Tom Thumb (aka Charles Stratton) was one of P.T. Barnum's featured entertainers.

Vinnie did not want to be called a dwarf, but thought of herself as a person perfectly formed in miniature. Vinnie, Tom, Vinnie's similarly sized sister, Minnie, and another diminutive "curiosity", Commodore Nutt, toured the world. While Vinnie was small, she was an intelligent and shrewd businesswoman in a time when most women were limited in their options. Vinnie used her size to open doors for her that were closed to typical women.


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March 26, 2015 – Started Reading
March 26, 2015 – Shelved
April 8, 2015 – Finished Reading

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