A Circus Without Elephants: A Memoir

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Maralys Wills unwittingly becomes the ringmaster of an eight-sport family— an exuberant troupe of five boys and a girl that discovers joy and laughter in offbeat creations like double-decker bicycles and primitive hang gliders. Thanks to the kids, she soars to 2,000 feet on a tandem hang glider, plays tennis with Dinah Shore, and appears on Family Feud. When tragedy strikes, she and her family must summon great reserves of humor and the courage to move on."At its heart, A Circus Without Elephants is the story of ...

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Maralys Wills unwittingly becomes the ringmaster of an eight-sport family— an exuberant troupe of five boys and a girl that discovers joy and laughter in offbeat creations like double-decker bicycles and primitive hang gliders. Thanks to the kids, she soars to 2,000 feet on a tandem hang glider, plays tennis with Dinah Shore, and appears on Family Feud. When tragedy strikes, she and her family must summon great reserves of humor and the courage to move on."At its heart, A Circus Without Elephants is the story of its author, Maralys Wills, the bemused ringmaster, snapping her marshmallow whip over a bewildering array of characters-her family. Her stories will make you smile, or laugh out loud, and yet there are times you will find a lump in your throat. You will be delighted by the circus, you will love the ringmaster."-E. Ervin TibbsAuthor of Sunset Tomorrow

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author—A Woman of Independent Means - Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
"A Circus Without Elephants" proves once again that, contrary to Tolstoy, happy families are not all alike. Wills describes the highs and lows of her remarkable family with a sunny wit shadowed by the experience of tragic loss. One is left with a renewed sense of joy in the moment and the solace of shared laughter.
author—Sunset Tomorrow - E. Ervin Tibbs
At its heart, "A Circus Without Elephants" is the story of its author, Maralys Wills, the bemused ringmaster, snapping her marshmallow whip over a bewildering array of characters—her family. Her stories will make you smile, or laugh out loud, and yet there are times you will find a lump in your throat. You will be delighted by the circus, you will love the ringmaster.
author—One Summer In Between - Melissa Mather
Wills' memoir is as warming as a pot of good coffee share by old friends. Wise and loving, it's a celebration of the joys and heartbreak of parenthood that ought to be required reading for every dewy-eyed young couple contemplating marriage.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571974495
  • Publisher: Ivy House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Maralys Wills is author of nine published books and mother of six children— five boys and a girl.Her most challenging writing project, a memoir titled "Higher Than Eagles," became her biggest triumph, garnering excellent reviews and five movie options.In addition to frequent speaking engagements, she has given numerous writing seminars across the country. She currently writes in Santa Ana, CA.

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    This is a life story that keeps ones total attention, and anticipation of the drama to be found on the next page. So well written that every word has an importance to the drama and lives of 8 individuals that you wind up knowing very well. Full of tenderness, excitement, sadness, loss, bravery, and loyalty. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the sequel, to be out soon.

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