Under the Big Top

Acension

By Steven Galloway

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It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. (from summary)
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Madeleine is Sleeping

By Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

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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. (from summary)
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Metropolis

By Elizabeth Gaffney

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Epic in sweep, Metropolis 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 to a life in Brooklyn that is at once unique and poignantly emblematic of the American experience. (from summary)
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Serpent Girl

By Matthew Carnahan

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(A) voyage into the darkest depths of carny life–and, remarkably, a tender love story to boot. (from summary)
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Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

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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. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. (from summary)
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Swim to Me

By Betsy Carter

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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. (from summary)
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Swing

By Rupert Holmes

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Ray Sherwood is a big-band arranger whose current gig lands him at the 1940 World's Fair, which is taking place on Treasure Island, in San Francisco Bay...Sherwood starts to fall for (a) composer until her mother gives him shocking news about (her) parentage. (from BookList)
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The Aerialist

By Richard Schmitt

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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. (from Publishers Weekly)
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The Blue Moon Circus

By Michael Raleigh

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(Lewis Tully) leads an oddball circus ensemble across the recently tamed, dust-blown American West. There is only one thing (he) knows how to do, and that's run a circus--usually one that ends disastrously. But for Lewis and for its performers, the circus is in their blood. (from summary)
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The Circus in Winter

By Cathy Day

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From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima... Day follows the circus people into their everyday lives and brings the greatest show on earth to the page. (from summary)
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