Top 10 Books for Performing Artists, or Those Who Are Just as Cool

I could tell you how important it is to read, to purchase books for yourself, to give them as meaningful gifts, to increase your knowledge and better understand your own culture as well as world culture.

But I won’t.

I’ll get right to the point. I have hundreds of books on my shelves, with one section dedicated to performing arts; mostly dance and circus. But I don’t want to keep them to myself, so I’ve written my “top 10” list of favorite books. Some are fictional, some are reference, some are autobiographical, but they’re all gems that I have dog-eared, highlighted in, and quoted. Find one to give to a friend, or get them for your own library. Happy reading!

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Top 10 Gift Books for Performing Artists, Or Those Who Are Just as Cool

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey: An autobiography that’s a quick read that’s hilarious and enlightening.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: A fictional story that practically encompasses the world as I know it. She even has a fire poi spinner as one of the circus acts.
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp: I loved this “self-help” reference book so much that I actually wrote an entire review about it. Read it here…
  • Gestures of Genius by Rachel Vigier: Another one that I wrote a review for. Can’t help it – I love to read, love to write.
  • The Circus at the Edge of the Earth by Charles Wilkins: This nonfiction novel is about the incredible Flying Wallendas. The topic is thrilling, and it’s well-told, too.
  • The Nine Modern Day Muses by Jill Badonsky: Yes, another complete review, right here.
  • Born Standing Up by Steve Martin: Special thanks to my friend Tammy for announcing that every performing artist must read this autobiography.
  • Under the Big Top by Bruce Feiler: A true story about a man who joined a circus for a season to experience it on his own. Compelling, gritty, real.
  • Tribal Vision by Paulette Rees-Denis: This “celebration of life through tribal belly dance” is written by one of the mothers of American Tribal Style belly dance. It’s inspiring and full of wonderful photos of dancers from Gypsy Caravan. My copy is personally signed (squee!).
  • Private Acts by Acey Harper: A book for lovers of photography, acrobatic feats, and the figure, this black-and-white coffee table book is filled with beautiful images.

And, because I love you, here’s an extra title that I love so much, but couldn’t find when I took the picture above. Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen. This one is now a movie, so you’ve probably heard of it, but the book is excellent.

Do you have a favorite book that isn’t mentioned above? Tell me about it! Tweet it to me @CherieKre8s or share it with me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheriedawnlovesfire. As always, thanks for taking the time to read this.

Peace, love, and books,
Cherie Dawn

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