A Memoir

Book - 2012
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"It's okay with me if you picked up this book because you're curious about what it's like to live with dwarfism. But I hope that you'll take away much more--about adapting to the world when it won't adapt to you."--from Dwarf

A memoir of grit and transformation for anyone who has been told something was impossible and then went on to do it anyway.

Tiffanie DiDonato was born with dwarfism. Her limbs were so short that she was not able to reach her own ears. She was also born with a serious case of optimism. She decided to undergo a series of painful bone-lengthening surgeries that gave her an unprecedented 14 inches of height--and the independence she never thought she'd have.

After her surgeries, Tiffanie was able to learn to drive, to live in the dorms during college, and to lead a normal life. She even made time to volunteer, writing to troops stationed abroad, and one of those Marine pen pals ultimately became her husband.

Dwarf is a moving and, at times, funny testament to the power of sheer determination, and has been compared to Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree .

Watch her Good Morning America segment: https://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/dwarf-womans-story-undergoing-controversial-lengthening-surgeries/story?id=17841466
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780452298118
Branch Call Number: 920.72097 DID
Characteristics: xvii, 250 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Dyball, Rennie


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kargo Apr 11, 2015

Slightly interesting, but found it written in sort of an immature manner, like romance novels. I would have liked to know for instance, the basis of the estrangement of the father's family, and the source or sources of the funding for these surgeries, which surely were out of reach for your average middleclass family. Were they incredibly rich--with their BMW's Lincoln Town Car and frequent flights everywhere, or were the funds & surgeries donated?

Jan 08, 2014

I enjoyed reading this book. I had heard of leg lengthening surgeries before, but had no idea what it entailed. This is a great story of a brave girl who beat the odds and did what others said couldn't be done.

May 16, 2013

Like listening to elderly people talk about their health problems. Gross. Too bad about the friend though.

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