Dwarf: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Dwarf: A Memoir

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Overview

“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.
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It was a teacher, not a doctor who first told Tiffanie DiDonato that she was a dwarf: "She pulled me in the middle of the classroom, sat me on egg creates and said, 'I don't know what kind of disease you have, but obviously you're a dwarf. Why don't you tell me what you can and can't do." Tiffanie seemed to take that request as a challenge; much of her life since day has been attempting to see how she could stretch her abilities—sometimes literally. Her memoir describes her uphill, often painful struggles to gain independence: "I was thinking ahead into the future. I wanted to get married. I wanted to drive." An inspiring story of a woman to whom we can all look up. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.

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With the assistance of People editor Dyball (co-author: A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua, 2011, etc.), first-time author DiDonato tells the remarkable tale of her lifelong battle to overcome diastrophic dysplasia, a crippling genetic disorder that not only causes unusually short limbs, but chronic arthritis. While many children long to be taller, the author decided early on to do whatever it took to combat her body's literal shortcomings so she could perform such ordinary tasks as taking out the trash. Born with clubbed feet, the author underwent her first corrective surgery when she was 2 days old and then again at the age 2. With arms so short she couldn't reach her own ears or other body parts, DiDonato improvised, employing salad tongs to wipe herself and help pull up her socks. But at 8 years of age and standing only 3 feet 8 inches tall, the constant desire for greater independence led her and her mother to seek out radical bone-lengthening treatments. A veteran of dozens of childhood surgeries, DiDonato viewed the pain and temporary immobility resulting from these grueling procedures as mere means to an end. Having gained four inches from her first lengthening surgeries and endured their torturous aftermath, the author chose to undertake the procedures again at 15, seeking out a surgeon who would enable her to risk going beyond the recommended additional three inches in height to whatever length her body could take. Throughout this engaging memoir, the author's resolve to do "whatever it takes to live an independent life" proves unwavering, even in the face of criticism from others facing similar challenges who considered her choices motivated by a lack of self-acceptance. Sappy toward the end, but mostly uplifting and profound.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101603468
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 466,691
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    I have to admit I was drawn to the cover, but when I read the ba

    I have to admit I was drawn to the cover, but when I read the back cover about the author expecting this and wanting you to read the book, I admit I was intriqued. Tiffanie was born with a rare form of dwarfism and how she made decisions that affected the quality of life. Tiffanie could not get down stairs unless on her backside, could not comb her hair and poignantly could not take out the garbage (a major psychological goal). She endured major bone lengthing surgeries including one that was groundbreaking. Although she has taken a lot of flack all Tiffanie wanted to to was take control of her own body. She definitely did not want to conform, just live an independent life. The book covers her birth, school, college,marriage and motherhood. It is a fast read and not everthing is a Cinderella moment. I give credit to her parents, doctors and friends for the amazing support she had. I highly recommend the book as a testimony to one woman who never felt disabled (until the teacher mentioned it - a life turning moment) and took control of her life.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    Excellent.  Her voice made me feel like I was hearing a friend's

    Excellent.  Her voice made me feel like I was hearing a friend's story. Read the entire book in one setting.  Don't usually do that.  She really made me realize how many things we take for granted without being whiny about her inabilities.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    An interesting read about someone dealing with a struggle. There

    An interesting read about someone dealing with a struggle. There was more focus than I expected on the bone lengthening procedure itself. But there was also a lot about the relationships the author had. Brought tears to my eyes a few times!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Amazing

    I love this book.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Left me with lots of questions...why no contact with paternal gr

    Left me with lots of questions...why no contact with paternal grandparents & Dad's family? Good story, not great writing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Liked it

    I liked hearing this womens life story and everything she had to go through. I really enjoyed reading her book.

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