Big Top Reads

Love The Greatest Showman and want more great circus stories, or are you looking for a great “big top” themed read to get you excited for the film? Try one of these amazing circus-themed books!

The Life of P.T. Barnum Written by Himself by P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum

*This book is only available in our History Discovery Center and can only be viewed there during its hours of operation. Or read through Google Books

Topsy: the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison by Michael Daly

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day

The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan

The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Death of Anton by Alan Melville

The Blue Moon Circus by Michael Raleigh

Untamed by Nora Roberts

Night After Night by Diana Starr Cooper

The Circus, Lure and Legend edited by Mildred Sandison Fenner

I Love You Honey, But the Season’s Over by Connie Clausen

The Ways of the Circus by George Conklin

Through the Back Door of the Circus with George Brinton Beal by George Brinton Beal

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert

The Untold by Courtney Collins

All the Land to Hold Us by Rick Bass

Embrace Me by Lisa Samson

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

A History of the Circus in America by George Leonard Chindahl

Very Special People; the struggles, loves, and triumphs of human oddities by Frederick Drimmer

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Circus Fire by Stewart O’Nan

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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