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Queen of the Air by Dean Jensen

Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona were famed circus artists and the biggest stars of the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1920’s.  It was the heyday of the big top when circus performers were celebrities and household names.  Leitzel, born to a circus family, became a famous acrobat known for her open-air one arm rope trick.  Codona fell for her at 16 when he was just a circus extra and she a rising star.  When they married twenty years later he had become an accomplished trapeze artist, the first to master the triple somersault.  The marriage was tempestuous

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Brothers Subhash and Udayan  Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood  growing up in the 1960s.  Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge.  Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS by Rebecca Eaton

In this delightful memoir Rebecca Eaton shares the story of her twenty-five years as executive producer of Masterpiece Theater.   She has overseen the program from its golden age of elaborate British costume drama to more contemporary gritty fare with the addition of the popular offshoot Mystery.  Iconic names such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth and Judi Dench spill off the pages.  Little know facts about colorful hosts including Alistair Cook and Diana Rigg are revealed.  The author also tells of how she almost turned down the now wild

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