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Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended college there. She has been an avid reader all her life and firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have. After college Melanie married and moved to the Chicago area to raise her children, but the visa mer desire to write was always there in the background. Soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into fiction. As Melanie Hauser she published two contemporary novels. Now writing as Melanie Benjamin, she's incorporated her passion for history and biography into ALICE I HAVE BEEN her first historical novel; THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB is her second, and was published July 2011. Her book,The Aviator's Wife, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. The Swans of Fifth Avenue made the iBooks best seller list in 2016. Melanie and her family still live in the Chicago area where she enjoys writing, taking long walks, and gardening. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin i Early Reviewers (april 2013)


I had no idea Alice in Wonderland was based on a real person! I have never watched the movie in full nor ever really had a desire to, until I finished reading this book.

I felt so many emotions when I was reading from disgust, heartbreak, annoyance, happiness, sadness you name it I probably felt it with this read. I enjoyed that the author used Alice's real events and created a story from her viewpoint.
rchlcameron | 148 andra recensioner | Nov 24, 2023 |
I really loved this book. One of my favorite pieces at the Met is one of Dodgson's (aka Lewis Carroll) photgraphs of Alice Liddell, the caption mentions the mysterious circumstances of their relationship and I've always been curious about it.

I don't know much about the actual occurences but based on the author's note, it seems like she did a wonderful job melding what is and isn't known with her vision of what happened in Alice Liddel's life. I also found her character Alice to be very human and relatable, and I liked that it showed her at different points in her life.

Really good stuff :)
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jskeltz | 148 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
I recently watched The Greatest Showman and really enjoyed it so wanted to know more about PT Barnum and his cast of characters. I had this book in my TBR stack and it offered further insights into the period and people associated with PT Barnum. Although this was fiction a lot of authentic research went into the writing of this book. Mercy Lavinia 'Vinnie' Bump Stratton approached PT Barnum after a short and tumultuous stint on a show boat on the Mississippi. A short statured lady of strong will, Vinnie aspired to more than a quiet life on her parent's farm. Joining Barnum's troupe she became a celebrity and was courted by royalty and society. Marrying fellow Barnum star General Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) she travelled the world and enjoyed enormous success. This book follows her life and career. Her character was resolute and I felt some sympathy for her husband and sister who she patronised. She was particularly cold to her husband and denied conjugal rights their whole married life. Despite this she wasn't a solely unsympathetic character. She wanted to achieve despite the outdated attitude to her status. The book is mostly enjoyable although at 453 pages I skimmed some overly descriptive parts without missing anything. It offers insights into historical treatment of people of colour, physical difference and attitudes to animals. I have read that 'Vinnie' went onto marry a Count or Prince so I hope to read more about her along with more about PT. Barnum. This is the second book I have read by Melanie Benjamin and you cannot fault her research or thorough writing of a piece of history. I will always read more by this author. A long and slow read but very enjoyable.… (mer)
secondhandrose | 106 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
Although this was a fictionalised account of New York society, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will seek out some non fiction about the subjects. Very good!
secondhandrose | 113 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |



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Amanda Hodgkinson Contributor
Pam Jenoff Contributor
Sarah Jio Contributor
Sarah McCoy Contributor
Kristina McMorris Contributor
Alyson Richman Contributor
Erica Robuck Contributor
Karen White Contributor
Kristin Hannah Introduction
Kim Mai Guest Reader, Narrator
Erica FEBERWEE Translator
Paul Boehmer Narrator
Marc Burckhardt Cover artist
Mathew Brady Photographer
Gabrielle Bordwin Cover designer
Cathy Stancil Cover artist
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