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The Electric Woman

A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts

by Tessa Fontaine

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The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine
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    May 2018, 384 pages

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An entertaining memoir for those who've always wanted to run off to the circus.

In 2010, author Tessa Fontaine's mother had a near-fatal hemorrhagic stroke, leaving her with a permanent brain bleed and unable to walk or talk. In spite of continuing health problems, three years later she and her husband decided to fulfill a life-long dream by taking an extended trip to Italy together, accepting the risk of a health crisis while abroad.

Fontaine, who spent years coping with her mother's illness and living through "hospital and rehab facilities and emergency goodbyes and brain surgeries and therapies and grim consultations and leaking blood and brain fluid and crises and recoveries," decided she would follow her mother's example. While her mother was abroad she'd also do something she'd always longed yet feared: join a traveling sideshow for five months. Her memoir, The Electric Woman, is a chronicle of her time with the World of Wonders (...

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