Claire Prentice, author of The Lost Tribe of Coney Island, on tour October 2014

Posted By on June 25, 2014

The LOST TRIBE OF CONEY ISLAND_Final CoverAbout The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New Harvest (October 14, 2014)

Readers of Erik Larson will love this tale of sex, greed, and the American dream: A huckster imports a tribe of Filipinos to Coney Island’s Luna Park, and two cultures collide.

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island unearths the forgotten story of the Igorrotes, a group of “headhunting, dog-eating savages” from the Philippines, who were transported to New York in 1905 to appear as “human exhibits” alongside the freaks and curiosities at Coney Island’s Luna Park. Millions of fair-goers delighted in their tribal dances and rituals, near-nudity, tattoos, and stories of headhunting.

Journalist Claire Prentice, who has spent years researching the topic, brings the story to life with her fluid prose and vivid descriptions. The book boasts a colorful cast of characters, including the disgraced lieutenant turned huckster Truman K. Hunt; his Filipino interpreter, Julio Balinag; the theme park impresarios behind Luna Park, Fred Thompson and Elmer “Skip” Dundy; and Dogmena, a beautiful girl who became a favorite with New York’s social elite. The Lost Tribe of Coney Island  is a fascinating social history and a tale of adventure, culture-clash, and the American dream.

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Claire Prentice_credit Solen ColletAbout Claire Prentice

Claire Prentice is an award-winning journalist whose work has been published in The Washington PostThe Times of LondonThe GuardianSydney Morning HeraldBBC OnlineCosmopolitan, and Marie Claire.  Connect with Claire on her blog,






Claire Prentice’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 13th: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Monday, October 13th: Booksie’s Blog

Tuesday, October 14th: Kahakai Kitchen

Tuesday, October 14th: Time 2 Read

Wednesday, October 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Tuesday, October 21st: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, October 22nd: She Treads Softly

Thursday, October 23rd:  Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Friday, October 24th:  Dwell in Possibility

Monday, October 27th: BookNAround

Monday, October 27th:  Mental Foodie

Monday October 27th: Padre Steve

Tuesday, October 28th:  girlichef

Tuesday, October 28th:  Lisa’s Yarns

Wednesday, October 29th: A Bookish Affair

Thursday, October 30th: Wordsmithonia

Thursday, November 20th: 50 Book Project


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