AMERICAN OZ: AN ASTONISHING YEAR IN TRAVELING CARNIVALS AT STATE FAIRS AND FESTIVALS  by Michael Comerford

AMERICAN OZ: AN ASTONISHING YEAR IN TRAVELING CARNIVALS AT STATE FAIRS AND FESTIVALS by Michael Comerford

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  • Softcover
  • Publisher: Comerford Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • ISBN: 9781952693007

 American Oz is a rollicking, gritty, adventurous story of life in the secretive subculture of traveling carnivals. 

     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.

     People seek meaning and love in their lives on the road. The world runs on untold stories./em>