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Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.

Glamour and grit--a real life soap opera and a fascinating history

Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus - Dean Jensen

Even though I've never been a big fan of the circus I was mesmerized by Queen of the Air, which focuses on the lives of two star-crossed circus superstars of the the early 1900’s. Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona were both born into poor circus families and were equally driven, but she became a star aerialist for Ringling Brothers, the “Queen of the Air”,  while his trapeze act was still in a side ring.  During this era circuses tiny and grand crisscrossed the Americas and Europe, and circus performers were like Hollywood stars or royalty.  Queen of the Air beams a spotlight on the glamour and  grit of their culture--it’s a real life soap opera and a fascinating history.