4 stars It was great I loved it I always enjoy historical fictionwhen it is based on real people or events and this one was no exception The author took a lot of liberties with the numerous unknown parts of Mabel s life, creating such a memorable and unique story in the process First Sentence He is tall, knobby kneed, thin as a quarter pole, in his shop on Seventh Street, craned over his tai I m about halfway through and only really started caring about the character around page 200 I think this novel is shackled by the author doing too much research and trying to include it all instead of getting in deeper touch with the character s emotions Even though Mabel is brash on the outside, since it s told in first person, I d expect to seevulnerability, especially given what she lives through in the first two chapters.The sex scenes, which are plentiful, are also distracting and I m about halfway through and only really started caring about the charac Update dropping this to one star because I am still furious about it Ughhh This book started so strong and thenThe story repeats itself over and over Mabel joins a new circus, gets married, gets mauled by some of the big cats, repeat Repetition aside, the number one reason I greatly disliked this book was the sex Not because it was graphic or excessive I would have been able to forgive either of those faults but because it was SO POORLY WRITTEN Honestly, if you want to be flat out Update dropping this to one star because I am still furious about it Ughhh This book started so strong and thenThe story repeats itself over and over Mabel joins a new circus, gets married, gets mauled Lions, and tigers, and menoh my After reading this book, I swear I was going to join the circus and tame tigers myself A historical fiction of sorts follows the love life and career of Miss Mable Stark She is beyond her time with independed furvior and has an often comedic interpretation of romance Her true love s are her cats, whom have sent her dangerously close to her death bed onthan one occasion In addition in and out of the ring with her cats she struggles with a countries Lions, and tigers, and menoh my After reading this book, I swear I was going to join the circus and tame tigers myself A historical fiction of sorts follows the love life and career of Miss Mable Stark She is beyond her time with independed furvior and has an often comedic interpretatio Well Six stars for the life story of this unique woman But unfortunately I did not like the book I felt like I picked it from the wrong shelf where cheap paperbacks with unimaginative sex content should be The book is written as Mabel would tell the story and it is not believable a bit At first I was fine, but then I could not help but hear a man s voice pretending to be a woman Sad and disappointing I respect author for his research but I think he should not have tried to write a Well Six stars for the life story of this unique woman But unfortunately I did not like the book I felt like I picked it from the wrong shelf where cheap paperbacks with unimaginative sex content should be The book is written as Mabel would tell the story and it is not believable a bit At first I was fine, but then I could not help but hear a man s voice pretending to be a woman Sad and disappointing I respect author for his research but I think he shou This is a fictionalized first person account of the life of Mabel Stark, a Kentucky orphan born Mary Haynie who went from nurse to hootchie kootchie dancer to top billed tiger tamer with the Barnum Bailey circus in the 1920s I found it fascinating, especially the descriptions of the circus and her relationships with the tigers I wanted to find outabout circus life in general and Mabel Stark in particular What did I learn Tigers are very, very dangerous no surprise, right and M This is a fictionalized first person account of the life of Mabel Stark, a Kentucky orphan born Mary Haynie who went from nu I tried to verify the earlier life of Mabel as depicted in The Final Confession of Mabel Stark An autobiography of Mabel Stark called Hold That Tiger was written, however it is generally thought to be released only to promote the circus, and likely written by the Ringling Press Department and not Mabel at all I could not find any reference to its contents telling of her earlier life Copies of the book are selling for 200.00 to 500.00 Available inter loan libraries will not loan their copy I tried to verify the earlier life of Mabel as depicted in The Final Confession of Mabel Stark An autobiography of Mabel Stark called Hold That Tiger was written, however it is generally thought to be released only to promote the circus, and likely written by the Ringling Press Department and not Mabel at all I could not find any reference to its contents telling of her earlier life Copies of the book are selling for 200.00 to 500.00 Available inter loan libraries will not loan their copy So I am not likely to actually read it Mabel, it is said, embellished her life in interviews and rarely told the same story about her birth, adolescence and young adult life Her later professional life is well documented, intert Mabel Stark a real circus performer known for her famous tiger taming acts from the 1920 s is the main character of this fictional memior by Robert Hough The story begins with the 80 year old Stark telling her life story or confession and it is a thrill for us to read Mabel has hadaction packed into her life than most She begins life as Mary Haynie a teenage nurse in a small Kentucky town who ends up in a disasterous marriage and as a result finds herself in a mental institution sufferi Mabel Stark a real circus performer known for her famous tiger taming acts from the 1920 s is the main character of this fictional memior by Robert Hough The story begins with the 80 year old Stark telling her life story or confession and it is a thrill for us to read Mabel has hadaction packed into her life than most She begins life as Mary Haynie a teenage nurse in a small Kentucky town who ends up in a disasterous marriage and as a result finds herself in a mental institution suffering from a supposed nervous breakdown When a sympathetic psychiatrist helps her to escape, she finds a job the only place she can, a cheap carnival as a dancing girl Following another disaster of a marriage she is forced to dance cooch and finally gets spotted by Al G Barnes who runs a somewhatrespectable carnival It is here that Mabel encounters her beloved tigers and marrie In The s And s, During The Golden Age Of The Big Top, Mabel Stark Was The Superstar Of The Ringling Brothers Barnum And Bailey Circus, And One Of America S Most Eccentric Celebrities A Tiny, Curvaceous Kentucky Blonde In A White Leather Bodysuit, Mabel Was Brazen, Sexually Adventurous, And Suicidally Courageous The Final Confession Of Mabel Stark Is Robert Hough S Brilliant, Highly Acclaimed Novelization Of Her Fantastic Life It IsMabel Is Just Turning Eighty And Is About To Lose Her Job At Jungleland, A Southern California Game Park Devastated By The Loss Of Her Cats, She Looks Back On Her Life And Her Five Husbands The Fifth Would One Day Be Tragically Mauled By Her One True Love, Her Ferocious Yet AmorousPound Bengal Tiger Rajah Starting With Her Escape From A Mental Institution To Begin Her Circus Career As A Burlesque Dancer, Mabel S Exquisitely Voiced Confession Is A Live Wire Of Dark Secrets, Broken Dreams, And Comic Escapades It Is A Brilliant, Exhilarating Story Of An America Before Television And Movies, When The Spectacle Of The Circus Reigned And An Unlikely Woman Captured The Public Imagination With Her Singular Charm And Audacity I LOVED this book A friend read it years ago, then I found it somewhere and have had it on a shelf for a couple of years, one of those reads you mean to get round to.So finally I read it and I loved it I loved Mabel, the book is written in the first person, and reads like speech, very convincingly Mabel is a survivor, fiesty, no nonsense, flawed and vulnerable She was a real person, and Hough has thoroughly researched her life and spoke to people who knew her, and has created a viv