My 3 favourite books about the circus. Plain and simple.
Geek Love created quite a frenzy when I featured it in post on how to stack books a couple of weeks ago. Those who choose to read this book love it. Those who have it pushed upon them, usually don’t. Geek Love is an incredibly dark, disturbing book. I’m not going to tell you anything about it other than the fact that if you do not like deeply disturbing and strange subject matter, this book is not for you. If that sort of thing intrigues you, then by all means read it. I read it and loved it. When I described the book to one of my sisters, she was horrified and said something had to be wrong with you if you liked that kind of book. Well said. And probably true.
Moving on …. Not all books about circus people are as graphic or strange as Geek Love. Case in point … Water for Elephants. This book has dark moments, but there is a beauty to it. It’s a moving story that almost anyone can enjoy.
If you’re lucky you’ll still be able to get a copy that doesn’t feature Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon on the cover. The book was recently made into a movie starring these two. It comes out later this year.
For some reason I can’t stand it when publishers put movie stars on the cover of their books. It cheapens the book. I do not like it. At all. Blech. Seriously. Which cover draws you in more?
My final pick in the list of my favourite circus based books is The Final Confession of Mable Stark.
The book revolves around the 5′ tall tiger trainer Mable Stark who worked for the Ringling Brother’s circus in the early 1900’s. The story takes you through at least a dozen tiger maulings, 5 husbands and countless mishaps.
The most exciting part of the whole book? Mable Stark isn’t a fictional character. She was a real person. And an incredible one at that. This is the unbelievable story of her life written in fiction form.
It’s entirely possible that none of these books will appeal to you. Which is fine. Because if you don’t wanna read em, you can always just stack em.