Under the Big Top by Bruce Feiler
A Season with the Circus

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Both a great American adventure and a rare entry into asheltered world, Under the Big Top describes one man's pursuit of every child's fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler's unforgettable year as a clown will forever change your view of one of the world's oldest art forms and remind you of how dreams can go horribly wrong -- and then miraculously come true.


About Bruce Feiler

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Bruce Feiler is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and America's Prophet. He writes the "This Life" column for the New York Times and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 292 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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In the age-old tradition of truth coming from the mouth of a fool, this clown's rendition of circus life bounds with humanity.

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After several years of work and travel abroad, Feiler (Learning to Bow) decided that joining the circus would be a good way to study America, as well as live a long-deferred childhood dream.

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As an outsider (which on most levels, he always remains), Feiler explains the historical development of the circus and its acts, divulges the reality behind the seemingly miraculous feats of daring and discusses the circus as a business --- its marketing strategies and day-to- day operations.

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Part sociological study and part adventure story, Feiler's vivid account of circus life trots out one remarkable character after another: the lonely, 7'2" giant who likes to sunbathe nude;

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