Memoir - Nonfiction

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

Check out if you have ever wanted to run away to the circus.

I’ve always been intrigued by the lights, action, and fun of a circus. In high school I had a website programming class that required us to build a page around the career we wanted. I (partly joking) chose a Lion Tamer as my career, much to the dismay of my teacher. I wanted to know more about this lifestyle that seemed so unlike mine, and at that time I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I picked up this book to find out more.

The Electric Woman provides this peek behind the curtain of The World of Wonders, the last traveling sideshow in America. The author joins the crew after her mother has a stroke, leaving her with an unrelenting brain bleed and paralyzing her for years. Fleeing the situation seems the only option Tessa has as her stepfather takes her mother on a whirlwind trip to Europe and she is left behind in the states.

The book serves a duel purpose, allowing the author to grapple with her strained relationship with her mother and allowing us as readers to take a look at what it really takes to work for a traveling sideshow (hint: you’d get a heck of a sunburn and there is no A/C).

The Electric Woman is the topic of this months book discussion on the 19th. Grab a copy today!

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