Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review: Bobo's Daughter by Bonnie Barnett

Goodreads: Bonnie Barnett first met her father at the circus. She was a four-year-old spectator; he was one of the world's most famous clowns, a veteran performer for shows like the Shrine Circus and The Ed Sullivan Show. Though his star persona was always present in the periphery of her life, she rarely got to see him in person, and the inconsistency of her mother, a former clown herself, only increased her loneliness. As she entered adulthood, put herself through college, and sought spiritual fulfillment, Bonnie found herself seeking out her father at every turn. It wasn't until she finally showed up at this doorstep that he stopped being a larger-than-life myth and became a very human father, full of faults, regrets, and love. Bobo's Daughter recounts Bonnie's quest for the affection and acceptance of her legendary father--and the lessons she learned along the way.

Kritters Thoughts: What a great little read! I was given the opportunity to read and review just for you guys!!
A wonderfully moving and informative little story. The premise of this book, without giving too much away, is the story of Bonnie Barnett finding her father a few times in her life and the last time she reconnected with him right before he life came to an end. This may sound weird - but it was interesting to hear a true life story of a woman who struggled growing up in a very hard household. It wasn't candy coated at all.
The other part of the story that I thoroughly enjoyed - was the behind the scenes view of circus life. I never really thought about the lives that those traveling as a profession deal with throughout the whole year. Not only those who are in the circus, but any performer that travels leaves their families and their homes for a majority of the year for their craft, fans and their passion.

I would pass this book onto anyone who would take it on. I thought it was a great read.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Pages: 232

GR July-Sept Challenge: Keep it in the Family

1 comment :

  1. This actually sounds really good. And I say this despite my clown phobia ;-)


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