0Kathleen Cremonesi announces the release of her memoir, Love in the Elephant Tent, through ECW Press.

In her early 20s, free-spirited Kathleen sets off for Europe in search of adventure and joins an Italian circus on a whim, where she becomes and ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl. Kathleen bonds with the exotic animals that could strike and kill at any moment, but instead bring her a peace she has never known. When she stumbles into the arms of Stefano, the handsome elephant keeper, she quickly discovers that falling in love is the easy part. As Kathleen and Stefano travel around the Mediterranean with the circus, they both must learn to navigate cultural differences and shed youthful concepts of love in this romantic, coming-of-age adventure.

“The story of Kathleen’s journey toward self-discovery is enthralling … the descriptions of life in the circus, the animals, and the spectacle put on every night vividly take readers into the experience.” Publishers Weekly

Kathleen Cremonesi lives near Eugene. The official Launch Party for “Love in the Elephant Tent” will be held April 25 in Junction City. Check the Events section of her website for details and additional tour dates.