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Author Comerford, Michael Sean, author.

Title American OZ : an astonishing year inside traveling carnivals at state fairs & festivals / Michael Sean Comerford.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Comerford Publishing, [2020]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Homer Twp PL - Main NEW Material - HDBB-1  791.1 COM    AVAILABLE
Description xix, 311 pages : map ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Hitchhiking From California to New York, Alaska to Mexico." -- cover.
Summary "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 street 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." --cover.
Subject Comerford, Michael Sean.
Carnivals -- United States -- Biography.
Hitchhiking -- United States -- Biography.
Carnivals -- Mexico -- Biography.
Hitchhiking -- Mexico -- Biography.
Carnivals. (OCoLC)fst00847681
Hitchhiking. (OCoLC)fst00958393
Mexico. (OCoLC)fst01211700
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
ISBN 9781952693007

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