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Les Bodnar is a respected orthopedic surgeon and former physician for the Notre Dame football team. His memoir, however, is from an era long before that fame, when he was 12 and 13, and a part of his father's carnival. The romance of carnival life, of escaping the 9-5 doldrums and somehow recapturing yourself, is there, but so too the hard work and trials, the difficulty of putting on a show day after day and week after week for people who both love the show and are apprehensive of those who put it on.The year is 1928, and the Boom is booming in our great cities, but life in the small towns in the Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin remains tenuous. Bodnar writes about putting the show together, handling the sometimes-unpredictable people who perform and run the games, holding on to the core that made the carnival that expectant joy for kids everywhere and of all ages. It's a world filled with shills and cons, freak shows (some of them real) and rides galore, trust given to unlikely characters and the security of family, above all family, despite all the absences and hardships.In the background the coming end of the Boom whispers, and soon the country will plunge into what will be called in America "the Great Depression." But for now, there is the joy of childhood and learning to grow up in a world we today can only seek to imagine, and the reader senses immediately the ringing reality of the world Bodnar opens up, finding himself or herself sharing this street-smart innocence of a never-to-return more

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  • Hardback | 164 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • St. Augustine's Press
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1587311011
  • 9781587311017
  • 2,503,609

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