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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"THE TRAPEZE DIARIES is a slight and a good book. Not a slightly good book: a very good book and a very slight book. It consists of only 94 slim pages, some with only one or two lines per page.
Marie Carter, a young woman born in Scotland, now living in Manhattan, has real talent and more wisdom than many her age (mid-twenties). The wisdom comes, in part, because she lost h
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Published July 14th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 23rd 2007)
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Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A short collection of thoughts on grief and mastering trapeze. Both intertwine, mix up, unravelling the story of letting go. Easy and light read.
Matthew Salesses
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea why these reviews are so low. This book is a marvel of essay/fiction/poetry. Carter captures the struggle of life through the window of a trapeze. In THE TRAPEZE DIARIES, a young woman whose father died a couple of years ago starts learning trapeze, drawn to the pain and difficulty and fear. She sees her father's ghost and struggles with her self-identity, an identity, like all of ours, informed by her parents and where she grew up (Scotland) and left. The story, though, is second ...more
Mike Keren
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I finished this book and wasn't sure what I was going to rate it. I picked it up because another writer was telling me about it, about the author and it's novel structure. It's an easy read, I think it took me two sittings. Initially I found the structure of the book annoying. More journal or blog posts than narrative, I was turned off and didn't want to like it. However, as I was finishing the book and reflecting on it, I found that the authors challenges -- coping with loss and challenging her ...more
Emily Spence
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Someone gave me this book after my dad died but it took almost 2 years before I was ready to read it. I liked Marie Carter's disconnected style. It reads almost like an internal dialogue and reminded me very much of how untethered I felt after my father's death and during the initial stages of my grief. ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to discover this book (I'm studying trapeze and have lost a parent), but then hesitant to actually read it, since I find I often dislike books which have a subject too close to my own life. However, this book was a real pleasure to read, and felt both familiar and very surprising. There are many beautiful moments here, and I quite enjoyed the episodic nature of the text. ...more
Rozsa Gaston
It resonated for me. She really captured the zen of the trapeze. It forces you to be here now. A healing and healthy sport that isn't really a sport. It's a practice. Read The Trapeze Diaries if you have ever wondered what to do when you can't stop thinking about the past or worrying about the future. It will point the way to your answer.
Aug 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
my mom gave this to me for my birthday
not that great. was a slightly interesting reminder how different other people's reactions may be & made me grateful for not having a life consumed with fear and doubt
Sarah Kathleen
Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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I was so disappointed in this book - I really wanted to like it but the narrator grated and there wasn't enough trapeze in it. ...more
Dec 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Not my cup of tea. I was annoyed by the Deep Thoughts on yoga, the defensiveness of the narrator, and the cutesy ghost.
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MARIE CARTER is a Scottish writer, editor, writing teacher, and tour guide, based in Astoria, NY.

Her first book, THE TRAPEZE DIARIES, based on her experiences of learning trapeze, was published by Hanging Loose Press. Her novel HOLLY'S HURRICANE will be published in November 2018.

Marie has been a guest on NPR and has been written about or featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES, QUEENS GAZETTE, HUFFINGTON

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