A Ticket to the Circus
By Norris Church Mailer
(Random House Trade Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780812979879, 448pp.)
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In this revealing memoir, told with southern charm and wit, Norris Church Mailer depicts the full evolution of her colorful life—from her childhood in a small Arkansas town all the way through her intense thirty-three-year marriage with Norman Mailer and his heartbreaking death. She met Norman by chance while in her early twenties and they fell in love in one night. Theirs was a marriage full of friendship, betrayal, doubts, understanding, challenges, and deep, complicated, lifelong passion. The couple’s New York parties were legendary, and their social circle included such luminaries as Jacqueline Kennedy, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal. Complete with the couple’s intimate letters, this candid and unforgettable memoir is a great American love story.
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Norris Church Mailer is the author of two novels, Windchill Summer and Cheap Diamonds. Raised in Arkansas, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of two sons, two stepsons, and five stepdaughters, as well as grandmother to two and step-grandmother to nine.
Norris Church Mailer has been a model, a teacher and an author. Her memoir, A Ticket to the Circus, covers her childhood as Little Miss Little Rock, the story of how she met her husband, Norman Mailer, and of the 33 years they spent together. More at NPR.org
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“Candid and poignant, filled with joy and humor, sex and heartbreak.”—USA Today
“Magnificent . . . A Ticket to the Circus makes the reader fall in love with the brave and beautiful woman Norman Mailer could not live without.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
“[A] blazingly alive memoir . . . Norris Church Mailer proves herself every bit as fascinating as her illustrious mate. . . . ‘I’ll never write about you. Nobody would believe it,’ Norris often told him. You’ll be glad she did.” —People (four stars)
“Entertaining . . . These two lived large, sun-drenched lives in almost every regard.”—The New York Times
“If you want to be both edified and amused, you really can’t do better than A Ticket to the Circus.”—The Washington Post
“Vivid, candid, compelling . . . I just couldn’t put it down until I came to the final page.”—Liz Smith, Wowowow.com
“[A] funny, generous, shockingly forthright memoir.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“A wild ride . . . full of wonder and heartbreak.” —The Miami Herald