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  • Semiotics at the Circusby Paul Bouissac

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 168.00

    What do circus performances communicate? They are rich in extreme skills and clever staging. They trigger strong emotions. They make beautiful sense. This book, which is grounded in the personal circus experience of the author, uses semiotics, pragmatics, and cultural studies to explain why we are irresistibly drawn to the circus. It shows how semiotics... more...

  • Clickoby Neil Parsons; Alexander McCall Smith

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    During the 1920s and ’30s, Franz Taibosh—whose stage name was Clicko—performed in front of millions as one of the stars of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Prior to his fame in the United States, Taibosh toured the world as the “Wild Dancing Bushman,” showing off his frenzied dance moves in freak... more...

  • The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Funby Ken Denmead

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 18.00

    The wildly popular DIY dad follows up his instant New York Times bestseller with a fresh batch of geeky weekend science projects for the whole family to enjoy. Ken Denmead struck a chord with parents and kids across America with his GeekDad blog on Wired.com, which receives more than one million page views per month. His debut book, Geek Dad... more...

  • The Rise of the American Circus, 1716–1899by S.L. Kotar; J.E. Gessler

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    To both young and old, the circus remains an icon of American entertainment, a wholesome pastime untouched by the passing years. But the modern circus, with its three rings, ringmaster, animals, and acrobats, is the product of nearly three hundred years of evolution. This intriguing work chronicles the history of the American circus from its roots... more...

  • Secrets of the Sideshowsby Joe Nickell

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 19.95

    On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword swallowing, intrigued us with exhibitions of human oddities and various ?anatomical wonders,? and yes, deceived us with illusions such as ?Atasha... more...

  • The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation, 2011 Editionby Steven Barrett

    The Intrepid Traveler 2011; US$ 5.99

    You've waited months, perhaps years, for your trip to Disney World. Don't waste time in line now that you're finally here. Barrett's flexible touring plans keep you ahead of the crowds. His insider tips on scores of little-known things to do at WDW make this book appealing to both first-time visitors and Disney veterans. NEW in this fully updated tenth... more...

  • King of the Cowboysby Ty Murray; Steve Eubanks

    Atria Books 2010; Not Available

    The most famous rodeo champion of all time tells his amazing true story -- and opens a fascinating window into the world of the professional cowboy. Ty Murray was born to be a rodeo star -- in fact, his first words were "I'm a bull rider." Before he was even out of diapers, he was climbing atop his mother's Singer sewing machine case, which just so... more...

  • Amusement Parksby Dianne Irving

    Shell Education 2009; US$ 8.99

    Explore amusement parks and some of the most thrilling roller coasters around the world while discovering concepts of perimeter and area. Amusement Parks explains how measuring perimeter and area helps in the planning and construction of amusement parks and helps to ensure fun and safety for guests. more...

  • Strategic Recreation Managementby Jay Shivers; Joseph W. Halper

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 52.95

    Strategic Recreation Management is a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to fundamental principles, managerial techniques and practices in the public administration of recreational services. Each chapter offers illustrative case-studies from the real world of recreation management, with chapters sequenced to represent the typical day-to-day... more...

  • Women of the American Circus, 1880-1940by Katherine H. Adams; Michael L. Keene

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 49.95

    During the years 1880 to 1940, the glory days of the American circus, a third to a half of the cast members were women--a large group of very visible American workers whose story needs telling. This book, using sources such as diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, and route books, first considers the popular media's presentation... more...