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BONUS: This edition contains a timeline, an interview with Melanie Benjamin, and an excerpt from Melanie Benjamin's Alice I Have Been.

For anyone who loves the historical novels of Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, and E. L. Doctorow, a barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America’s Gilded Age.

She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world’s most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie’s wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.
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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
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4.3 / 5
Interesting look at lbig personality
October 11th, 2014
This book is very well written. My interest was held from the start to the end of the story. The research done for this book must have been intense, as well as extensive. And while I might not always have agreed with the author's conclusions, they were always believable and helped make a compelling story. This is definitely not a story for children. It has adult themes throughout, and has some sexual content. However, the sexual content is very well handled and is never too much . I didn't find bad language to be an issue. I would certainly recommend this book. I enjoyed it immensely.
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