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May Book Club

On Monday, May 20th, the Deercreek Book Club will meet at 10:00 at the home of Carney Kirtley to discuss Melanie Benjamin’s book, ‘The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb’.


Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Warren Bump, the diminutive wife of Gen. Tom Thumb, narrates her life story in this vivacious fictionalized autobiography that takes her from a small New England town to a seedy Mississippi showboat and eventually into the entourage of the impresario P.T. Barnum. Born with proportionate dwarfism, Vinnie, a "perfect woman in miniature," rejects a career as a schoolteacher in favor of show business, eventually finding an intellectual soul mate in Barnum and international fame that leads her into the opulence of New York society and meetings with heads of state from the White House to Europe and India. Benjamin (Alice I Have Been) centers the latter half of her tale around Vinnie and Barnum's odd-couple friendship and touchy business relationship, sometimes glossing frustratingly over Vinnie's own adventures—a three-year tour of Australia and Asia is given only a few pages—and leaving the last 40 years of her life untold. But the smart and unyieldingly ladylike Vinnie emerges as an effervescent narrator with a love of life and a grand story worth the price of admission. 

The Deercreek bookclub meets every 3rd Monday of the month, at 10:00 in a members home. Before discussion, coffee, beverages and a light snack is served. For more information, notify Chris Middlebrook, or 407.461.0756.