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With It - A Year on the Carnival Trail
by Barbara Bamberger Scott
Trade Paperback 5 ½ x 8 ½ Fiction
Release date: November 2004 185 pages ISBN: 0-9748962-2-5
     
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With It is written from hard experience, based on the author's three year stint traveling with the carnival with her then-husband and little girl. Told from a woman's perspective, With It is a frank and humorous trip inside the cock-eyed canvas caravan. It's a world outwardly bright, childlike and simple, and underneath, devilishly dangerous, intriguing and complex. The author transports the reader into this mesmerizing world of grifters, carnies and gypsies, sharing its language, its joys, its ugly secrets, and even murder. Readers will enjoy the glossary of carnival terms at the back of the book.

   
 

Reviews and Accolades

"Scott gives us an unusual look at a part of American life that most of us touch on but never see beyond the glitzy facade, and she does it with understanding, a fresh and breezy style, and an intimate knowledge. She has woven truth gained on the trail with a storyteller's insight. And she has done it so well that we end up knowing the game and we, too, are "with it."
-Bloomsbury Review

"Barbara Scott gives us an unusual look at a part of American life that most of us touch on but never see beyond the glitzy facade, and she does it with understanding, a fresh and breezy style, and an intimate knowledge. She has woven truth gained on the trail with a storyteller's insight. And she has done it so well that we end up knowing the game and we, too, are 'with it.'"
-Nanette Simonds, The Bloomsbury Review

With It is a story about being straight hearted and learning to deal with the wrong-headed. …a talking chalkboard of educational delights. Ms. Scott is obviously one to live her life in the arena of raw humanness. Bravo to the author.
-Sherry Russell, reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"…groundbreaking…stupendous. Step right up to the podium and have a good read, folks, the one, the only thrilling tale of "carny" life."
-Lucinda Tart, curledup.com

   

About the Author

As a young woman BARBARA BAMBERGER SCOTT'S thirst for grand adventure led her, her second husband "Zack" and her daughter to travel across the country and across the globe. Her experiences as a carny served as the catalyst for With It. Her time as a folksinger earned her an apprenticeship with Peggy Seeger-Pete's sister. As a young girl she attended drama school with a 20-year old Charles Kuralt, who wrote about Barbara in an award-winning article for People. "I learned the world - and lived to tell the tale."

Ms. Scott is the recipient of two awards. In the fall of 2005 she won First Place in the Pilgrimage Magazine yearly competition in a story that was based on real life events while she was a volunteer working in Botswana, and Third Place in the Writer's Digest Memoir competition.

Additionally, Ms. Scott has a book review column in the Greensboro (NC) News and Record.