Under the Big Top

Wonder When You'll Miss Me

By Amanda Davis

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After being attacked at a Homecoming game, 16-year-old Faith Duckle attempted suicide and was briefly hospitalized, losing 58 pounds in the process. She is haunted by "the Fat Girl," a hideously distorted version of her former self whom only Faith can see, and seeks a new identity and a new home with a traveling circus. (summary)
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Water for Elephants

By Gruen, Sarah

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The novel, 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. (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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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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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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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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The Paris Enigma

By Pablo De Santis

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It is 1889, and the entire world breathlessly anticipates the Paris World's Fair and the opening of Monsieur Eiffel's iconic tower. The Twelve Detectives -- a society of the twelve most famous, compelling, and dazzling detectives from around the world -- have been asked to discuss the secrets of their trade as part of the fair's lineup of events. (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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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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The Hatbox Baby

By Carrie Brown

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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. The very, very tiny baby, born three months early, is brought by his desperate young father to the fair's famous incubator doctor, who exhibits live premature infants to the fair's gawking crowds. (from summary)
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