I hesitated before including this book in the list. The movie came out relatively recently. It was a huge hit when it came out… basically, odds are really high that you’ve already read it. On the other hand, this really was a great book, one that I highly recommend to anyone who asks, and so, it truly deserves a spot in this month’s round-up.
As I’ve said before, I have a penchant for books that show me a completely new world. This book, set in a depression era circus, most definitely fits in that category. In no time at all, you’re there, riding the rails with the circus crew, sleeping on the train, watching the tents go up, the animals be trained, and the many characters interact.
The story is told by an old man in a nursing home, and, just like the person hearing the story in the book, you’ll wait with baited breath for the story to unfold. It’s an amazing tale of human triumph over adversity and of love. The entire time you’re reading you’ll feel like you ran away to the circus, just like most of the characters in the book, except, you know, you won’t have to sleep in the straw, on the floor of the train’s animal car.
Read this if: You’ve always wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the circus. You’re a sucker for stories about animals. You enjoy a great love story. You somewhat romanticize the depression era and the people who survived by sheer grit and determination.
Would this make a good book club book? This definitely isn’t your run-of-the-mill book club book, but it’s an amazing read that should lead to some great discussions about life, love, friendship, the challenges we all face and how we handle it, and how life can turn on a dime and drop us somewhere we’d never imagined, let alone expected.
Want to read the other books on this list? Here they are!
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