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The bear in a muddy tutu

The bear in a muddy tutu

by Cole Alpaugh

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Quirky and magical   (2011-10-12)

Excellent

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by ChelseaR

The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is a beautifully written novel about parental abduction of a child, the life of a traveling circus, and humanity in general. Mix in some real magic and a few talking birds, and the result is a story that will tear at your heart and lift your soul with each turn of the page....
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A classic read   (2011-06-03)

Excellent

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by Baker_Ellen

Our monthly book club members were pretty much unanimous in their opinion of Cole Alpaugh's The Bear in a Muddy Tutu. It was a huge success, perhaps benefiting from Jean M. Auel's disappointing unveiling of The Land of Painted Caves. Alpaugh's novel wanders early and you are left uncertain as to the...
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Believable magic for our group   (2011-05-14)

Excellent

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by Linda_Mays

Our second book choice was The Bear in a Muddy Tutu, which was chosen by Rosa. This book was not entirely appropriate for some of our extremely conservative members because of language (F word used among circus workers) and some situations (not graphic sex, but present nonetheless in one chapter),...
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A provocative, raw and fascinating read   (2011-05-06)

Excellent

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by BookShelver12

The Bear in a Muddy Tutu was our book club selection for April. It was a big hit across a wide range of tastes (we read quite a few mysteries, with sprinkles of romance). As a reviewer wrote, the main character is reminiscent of A Confederacy of Dunces, but the writing here is much more thoughtful...
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Book club star   (2011-04-24)

Excellent

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by OntarioTwo

This was a great find that came from a patron recommendation. It went over very well for our book club. It was a follow up selection to Water for Elephants.



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Lovely story   (2011-04-08)

Excellent

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by standish

Ordered this for our library (I'm an assistant to the Director and handle adult collection) and was captivated by the blurb on the back cover. I'll be strongly recommending this for our book club. It is a beautifully written story about a subject which is often quite ugly. I'd been searching for titles...
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Bear Trumps Elephants   (2011-03-20)

Excellent

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by FrannyReads

Came across this title from a Google search of circus related books. Recent reads include The Circus in Winter, Spangle, Water for Elephants, The Electric Michelangelo, and Geek Love. Although I loved WFE, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu might be the one I remember the most. Gruen's WFE is more polished,...
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Beautiful and sad   (2011-03-23)

Excellent

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by CaliGrad

This story is absolutely gorgeous. The writing is blunt and harsh, and Mr. Alpaugh takes no prisoners with even his most innocent characters. Three things are happening: a child is stolen from her ex-husband by a bitter mother; a 30-something momma's boy finds a how-to book on becoming a cult leader;...
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Phenominal   (2011-03-25)

Excellent

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by Peter_Carroll

This novel is our small book club choice this month and I cannot wait to talk about it. The prose are gorgeous, despite some of the heavy handedness in word choice. The stories within the story are truly magic. There is a bedtime story told to the main character's daughter that I intend to print out...
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Fun read. Recommend.   (2011-03-23)

Excellent

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by MisterPip

I must first say that this book will not suit everyone's taste. I was reminded of the opening chapter of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but alcohol has replaced psychedelic drugs, and the New Jersey shoreline has replaced Nevada. The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is a dark story, but told with hope. Or, at...
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A great story!   (2011-03-23)

Excellent

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by BetsyWilliams

After reading Water for Elephants I found Bear in a Muddy Tutu. I loved both, but I like the more contemporary feel of this novel. Both are dark and sad, but I felt like I was getting a lesson in train circus life with Water for Elephants. I read that the author made a bunch of trips to circus...
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