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  • Under the Big Topby Bruce Feiler

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Both a great American adventure and a rare entry into asheltered world, Under the Big Top describes one man's pursuit of every child's fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler's unforgettable year as a clown will forever change your view of one of the world's oldest art forms and remind you of how dreams can go horribly wrong -- and... more...

  • Hidden Mickeys Go To Seaby Steven M. Barrett

    The Intrepid Traveler 2013; US$ 6.99

    Images of Mickey Mouse are hidden all around the Disney Cruise Line?s four ships and private island, Castaway Cay. Searching for them adds extra fun to any Disney cruise. In this new edition, ?Hidden Mickey Guy,? Steven M. Barrett, brings his sea-going guide up-to-date with hunts for the line?s newest ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy,... more...

  • The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney Worldby Aaron Wallace

    The Intrepid Traveler 2013; US$ 7.99

    A different kind of guidebook that leaves out the usual ephemera on trip planning, ticket prices, restaurants, and shopping to concentrate on what visitors to Magic Kingdom came to see ? the rides and attractions. Each attraction gets its own essay covering the history and lore behind it along with a serious discussion of the attraction as a work... more...

  • Semiotics at the Circusby Paul Bouissac

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 182.00

    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...

  • Theme Parkby Scott A. Lukas

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 35.00

    Theme parks are a uniquely interactive and enduring form of entertainment that have influenced architecture, technology, and culture in surprising ways for more than a century, as Scott Lukas now reveals in his compelling historical chronicle. Theme Park takes the primitive amusements of pleasure gardens as its starting point and launches from... 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...

  • 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...

  • Mini Mickeyby Bob Sehlinger

    Wiley 2009; US$ 12.99

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  • The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kidsby Bob Sehlinger; Liliane Opsomer; Len Testa

    Wiley 2009; US$ 17.99

    The Top 5 Ways The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World® with Kids Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip: Comments and tips on Walt Disney World® from surveys of more than 12,500 families Advice on how to prepare mentally, physically, and logistically for your ideal Walt Disney World® vacation Information on which attractions... more...

  • Frommer's Walt Disney World and Orlando 2010by Laura Lea Miller

    Wiley 2009; US$ 17.99

    Completely updated every year, Frommer's Walt Disney World & Orlando offers the lowdown on all the major theme parks in Orlando. Our author, a longtime Mickey fan and the mother of five, hits all the highlights, from Magic Kingdom to Islands of Adventure to SeaWorld. She's checked out all of the city's best hotels and restaurants in person,... more...