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Circle of Sawdust : A Circus Memoir of Mud, Myth, Mirth, Mayhem and Magic - Rob Mermin

Circle of Sawdust

A Circus Memoir of Mud, Myth, Mirth, Mayhem and Magic

By: Rob Mermin

Paperback | 28 May 2024

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Circle of Sawdust is a uniquely personal story of the wild characters, fascinating personalities, remarkable histories, and behind-the-scenes world of traditional traveling circuses.


Here is a true-life tale about a boy's impulse to run off and join the circus and then-through doubt, failure, loss, and tragedy-pursue the implausible vision of starting his own circus! With humor and passion, founder of Circus Smirkus Rob Mermin writes about the precarious life of a creative artist, the ups and downs of taking risks, and the idealistic struggle to hold onto a dream.



Industry Reviews

"A fascinating tour de force that displays the enduring, unique appeal of the circus."

-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"There is a magical quality in this book. Yes, it is a circus story, but it is really about the struggles of pursuing a dream, reaching it, and having the courage to push beyond it. It is highly entertaining, masterful storytelling! It reads like a Chaplin silent film, from laugh-out-loud comedy, to moving us to tears, completely capturing the essence of a life in circus." 

ï»-Alla Youdina, former creative director of new acts for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey



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