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Bobo's Daughter: One Woman's Journey to Find Hope, Healing, and the Father Behind the Face Paint

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Bonnie Barnett first met her father at the circus. She was a four-year-old spectator; he was one of the world's most famous clowns, a veteran performer for shows like the Shrine Circus and The Ed Sullivan Show. Though his star persona was always present in the periphery of her life, she rarely got to see him in person, and the inconsistency of her mother, a former clown he ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Synergy Books
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Kathleen Kelly
Nov 06, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
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This is a story about a woman trying to find her father and how she was able to handle the rejection she felt as she was growing up. Bonnie's father was a clown and traveled all over the world working as a famous clown and Bonnie saw her father infrequently. Because of her father issues, Bonnie had had no lasting relationships with the men she met. Her focus as an adult was to find her father and ask him why?? Why he was not there for her when she was growing up. This is a story that is heartwar ...more
Melody
Oct 07, 2010 Melody rated it liked it
When the publicist contacted me and asked if I was interested to review Bobo's Daughter, I was skeptical at first because I rarely read memoirs. However, I was attracted by the gorgeous cover but what most intrigued me is this memoir is about the relationship between the author and her father, who makes his career as a clown. I've to admit I wasn't a huge fan of clowns since young; while some children think they are funny I often thought of them a bit creepy and intimidating. I've to blame it on ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Dec 07, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
Bobo's Daughter by Bonnie Barnett is the poignant story of one woman's quest to find her father, and therefore herself. Bonnie was four years old the first time she met her father, Chester "Bobo" Barnett, one of the most popular clowns in the United States. Her mother dressed her in her best yellow dress and brought her to the circus where she was introduced to a man in a ragged costume and white face. She was immediately both enthralled and frightened by this strange figure, but when he disappe ...more
Lois
Dec 15, 2010 Lois rated it it was amazing
One tends to associate fun, love and laughter with clowns, but, in this memoir one is reminded that, although such is the public and, one may say, professional face of clowning, nothing could be further from the emotional lives and feelings of some of these doyens of the circus. Bobo’s Daughter tells of the heartbreak that often lurks behind the face paint of even the most renowned of such pivotal figures of the big top. Though being capable of teaching numerous small dogs tricks that astounded ...more
Lois
Jun 16, 2013 Lois rated it it was amazing
One tends to associate fun, love and laughter with clowns, but, in this memoir one is reminded that, although such is the public and, one may say, professional face of clowning, nothing could be further from the emotional lives and feelings of some of these doyens of the circus. Bobo’s Daughter tells of the heartbreak that often lurks behind the face paint of even the most renowned of such pivotal figures of the big top. Though being capable of teaching numerous small dogs tricks that astounded ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
What a great little read! I was given the opportunity to read and review just for you guys!! A wonderfully moving and informative little story. The premise of this book, without giving too much away, is the story of Bonnie Barnett finding her father a few times in her life and the last time she reconnected with him right before he life came to an end. This may sound weird - but it was interesting to hear a true life story of a woman who struggled growing up in a very hard household. It wasn't ca ...more
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