A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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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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User Review  - bogopea - LibraryThing

Read it because of all I'd read about Norman Mailer and his 6 wives and numerous children and involvement with murderer Abbot whom he befriended when Abbot was in jail and subsequently got early ... Read full review

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User Review  - bakeet14 - LibraryThing

Written well and an interesting exploration of an iconic author, but Norris comes off as a little bit holier than thou when she glosses over her affairs as excusable incidents while hammering others (ie, Norman) for his. Read full review

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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.


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