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"The story of Kathleen’s journey toward self-discovery is enthralling … the descriptions of life in the circus, the animals, and the spectacle put on every night vividly take readers into the experience."     Publishers Weekly    


"If you love the circus, you will love this memoir. If you hate this circus, you will still love this memoir."     Bibliotica  


"Saturated with descriptive language and emotion … Behind the circus’ glamour lies a sobering reality of mistreated animals and workers ... fans of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants will enjoy this title.”    Booklist


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Imagine My Big Fat Greek Wedding crashing into Eat Pray Love on the set of Water for Elephants. This romantic, coming-of-age adventure is an intimate portrayal of young love, where Kathleen and Stefano learn to navigate their cultural differences, shed youthful concepts of love, and form a life-long bond under the watchful eyes of an elephant troupe.



What happens when an Italian circus offers a footloose American her very own pair of ruby stilettos? She dons a rhinestone bikini, becomes an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl, falls for the handsome elephant keeper, Stefano, and lives to tell the tale in this humorous and moving memoir.


Determined to avoid following in her mother's footsteps to an ill-fated marriage, Kathleen jets off to Europe in pursuit of her place in the world and

is soon caught up in the swirling world

of traveling big tops. It’s love in the elephant tent, or at least a whole lot of lust, when she stumbles into Stefano's arms.

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When she headlines the side show—swimming in a shark tank—Kathleen believes she is finally living her great adventure. Stefano’s passion breaks down her emotional barriers, but his attempts to coax Kathleen toward the kitchen prompt her to denounce cooking and all it symbolizes to her. She soon discovers that falling in love is the easy part.


Hilarity and heartfelt emotions collide on this crazy ride into romance. Come peek behind the velvet curtain where you’ll meet the exotic animals and quirky characters that inhabit this peculiar world, from Italy’s Queen of the Elephants to society’s runaways who’ve escaped to the circus only to discover that they may have to escape from it should they ever wish to leave.


Love in the Elephant Tent is a treat for lovers of Italy’s culture, shedding light on why Italians cling to their food, their families, and, yes, even their family jewels.


How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home
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