In the Little World

A True Story of Dwarfs, Love, and Trouble

by John H. Richardson

On Sale: 12/17/2002

In the Little World

A True Story of Dwarfs, Love, and Trouble

by John H. Richardson

On Sale: 12/17/2002

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About the Book

In 1997, almost by accident, John Richardson found himself sharing a hotel with more than a thousand dwarfs. Over the course of a single week, he begins relationships with some of the people at a convention that evolve into an affecting two-year-and-beyond odyssey into the little world.

He introduces us to characters like a saintly but obsessed doctor and a mother who sacrifices her family to save her dwarf daughter. He follows two dwarf lovers from their first meeting through their struggle to overcome fear and shame and find the confidence to love each other. He becomes personally involved in a tangled and often confrontational friendship with a female dwarf.

Through these stories and musings, ranging from classic theories of beauty to the history of the disability movement, to postmodern theories of difference, Richardson presents a world that is a skewed reflection of our own -- and offers us a glimpse into the essential human condition.

Critical Praise

“Captivating...fascinating...A compulsively readable, raw yet scholarly take on a marginalized side of humanity.” — ELLE Magazine (Reader’s Prize)

Phenomenal and unique. — Booklist

“Captivating....Fascinating....A compulsively readable, raw yet scholarly take on a marginalized side of humanity.” — Elle

“A fascinating read for even the shortest of attention spans.” — Maxim

“Brave...bold...unexpected...completely original.” — Baltimore Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060931315
  • ISBN 10: 0060931310
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/17/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : PSYCHOLOGY / History
  • BISAC2 : PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
  • BISAC3 : PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
  • BISAC4 : SCIENCE / History
  • BISAC5 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • BISAC6 : HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC7 : MEDICAL / Mental Health
  • BISAC8 : PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
  • BISAC9 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
  • BISAC10 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture

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