Picks and Pans Review: In the Little World: A True Story of Dwarfs, Love and Trouble

updated 01/14/2002 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/14/2002 AT 01:00 AM EST

By John H. Richardson

Magazine journalist Richardson attended the Little People of America convention to explore the struggles of small folks for an article. After the convention, however, the little people adopted Richardson as a friend and confidant. What emerges is a soul-baring look at people facing life's traumas from a slightly different vantage point. There is love (a dwarf couple embark on a bicoastal romance) and trouble (a family deteriorates while their daughter, a dwarf, faces numerous surgeries), along with a well-told history of dwarfism and prejudice. Richardson's frequent references to his own issues are tiresome, but this is a surprising glimpse into what it means to be different. (HarperCollins, $25)

Bottom Line: Stands tall

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