CRRL Picks: Under the Big Top
Annotation:The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained.
Annotation:The year is 1933, and on a sweltering summer morning, a baby is delivered in a hatbox to the Century of Progress Exposition - The World's Fair - in Chicago.
Annotation:When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear.
Annotation:Leaving the Bronx far behind, (Delores Walker) is headed for sunny Weeki Wachee Springs, frayed roadside attraction in danger of becoming obsolete with the opening of Walt Disney's latest creation, only miles up the road.
Annotation:Faith is haunted by "the Fat Girl, " a hideously distorted version of her former self whom only she can see, and seeks a new identity and a new home with a traveling circus.
Annotation:Follows our hero from his arrival in New York harbor through his experiences in Barnum’s circus, the criminal underground, and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and on ...
Annotation:Told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression.
Annotation:The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements.
Annotation:A high-wire act in more ways than one, this...novel...tells the story of a restless young drifter who joins the circus and falls under its tarnished spell.
Annotation:Hannah and Justin couldn't be more surprised when their shy son James volunteers for the magic act at the circus. The trick is spectacular and applause rings throughout the auditorium when James seems to disappear before their very eyes. The trouble is, he really did disappear.