Katie’s Choice to discuss ‘Mrs. Tom Thumb’ Nov. 13, 15

Staff Report

The Katie’s Choice Book Club selection for November is The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin.

The Book Club is hosted by Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries and Katie’s Cup coffeebar. The book discussion will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 (note the return of the evening book study) at Katie’s Cup. The discussion will be offered again at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. Both meetings will be at the coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., Rockford.

The Book Club is open to all interested people, free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump was only 2 feet, 8 inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, “Vinnie” was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she sought out 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 novel is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams.

For more about Katie’s Book Club, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at either (815) 962-4279 or RALMmail@aol.com.

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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