Summer at the Park

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them.  Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.  Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child.  Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family.  The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.