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Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - MAGIC. The word itself isn't magical enough to describe this book. Just... read it! <3

The Victorian Freak Show: The Significance of Disability and Physical Differences in 19th-Century Fiction, by Lillian Craton