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Book Club: The Night Circus


Mamaroneck reader Julie Salicrup’s column of book reviews and recommendations for book clubs:

This book was a birthday present from my sister.  She went to a local bookstore and inquired about a recommendation.  The salesperson, without a second thought, handed her this book and told her that I would not be disappointed…….and I wasn’t.

The Night Circus is a mystery, love story and fantasy all wrapped up in 500 pages.  The story centers on a travelling circus that opens at midnight in various cities without any notice.  For those readers with a love for animals and a dislike for circuses – no worries, this type of circus features feats of strength, illusionists and fortune tellers.  These are real people with true talent.

The story centers on Celia and Marco – students of illusionists being groomed for the ultimate test.  They are practicing for their final showdown but the circus has a secret. The characters of this novel give the circus life.  You may not be able to relate or find any common ground with most of the performers but you admire their talent and sympathize with their struggles.  The author is so descriptive in her writing that you can picture every tent and candy apple clearly in your mind.

The book also tells the story of Bailey…..a farm boy who is searching for the meaning of life.  And when the circus comes to town – he finds it.  All these stories connect when all will be revealed like a true magic act at the climatic end of the novel.

Below is a list of books our book club has read:

The Magician’s Assistant


Miss Understanding

Amy and Isabelle


Jenna Jameson Autobiography – How to Make Love like a porn star

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Wednesday Letters

The Book of Air and Shadows

The Namesake

Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife

The Thirteenth Tale

Julia’s Chocolate


The Memory Keepers Daughter

The Year of Pleasures

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

You’re Not You

The Myth of You and Me



The God of Animals

The Cure for Modern Life

The Queen of the South

The Whistling Season

Of Human Bondage

The Lace Reader

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

Time is a River


Lima Nights

The Watchmen

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The House on Mango Street

The Condition

I Capture the Castle

Same Kind of Different as Me

Three Junes

Puppet Child


This is Where I Leave You

Dinner with Anna Karenina

The Likeness

Let the Great World Spin

The Broken Teaglass

Cutting For Stone

The Imperfectionists

13 Reasons Why

Very Valentine

Sima’s Undergarments for Women

Ham on Rye

The Madonna’s of Leningrad

The Wednesday Sisters


A Week at the Airport

The Lock Artist

Running the Book: The Adventures of a Prison Librarian

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Reading Jackie – Her Autobiography in Books

Bringing out the Dead

Girl in Translation

Sister: A Novel

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A short story and 3 stories

Miss New India

Enders Game

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