American OZ: An Astonishing Year Inside Traveling Carnivals at State Fairs & Festivals: Hitchhiking From California to New York, Al by Comerford, Michael Sean

American OZ: An Astonishing Year Inside Traveling Carnivals at State Fairs & Festivals: Hitchhiking From California to New York, Al

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The real traveling carnival is in the pathos behind the scenes.

American Oz is a rollicking, gritty, adventurous story of life in the secretive subculture of traveling carnivals. You'll never see your state fair or neighborhood festival the same way again.

Comerford writes a bold, inspiring true story of a year working behind the scenes with the colorful characters and legends of carnivals.

He shares stories of freaks, a carnival pimp, a tramp gold miner, and the last King of the Sideshows. An insult dunk tank clown is shot. Masked gunmen rob his carnival. And a young showman friend dies on the road.

It's a new classic American road story as he hitchhikes to shows in California, New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Alaska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, and Florida where he works in a freak show.

He becomes the #1 hitchhiker in the USA and a top agent at the State Fair of Texas.

He travels to the lawless foothills of Mexico to see the new face of the American carny. He exposes the truths about immigration, labor abuse, and living between two worlds.

Comerford finds carnival people seeking meaning and love in their lives, and the answers always seem to be somewhere down the road.



Author: Michael Sean Comerford
Publisher: Comerford Publishing LLC
Published: 08/15/2020
Pages: 530
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.54lbs
Size: 9.02h x 5.98w x 1.07d
ISBN13: 9781952693014
ISBN10: 1952693012
Large Print
BISAC Categories:
- Travel | Special Interest | Amusement & Theme Parks
- Social Science | Social Classes & Economic Disparity
- Performing Arts | Circus