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 and ended tragically.  Spanning more than forty years and crisscrossing the globe, Queen of the Air is a fascinating look at circus glitz, glamour and drama largely forgotten today.  Fans of the novel Water for Elephants will be sure to enjoy this passionate love story and true-life account of the circus world. ~Janet

Call number: 791.34 JEN

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