I suspect you bring yourself to The Ordinary Acrobat, and you will find what you are looking for. Historians like the history. Performers like the performance.
I came to the circus arts relatively late in life (45), with knees that won’t let my feet leave the ground at the same time anymore. I loved Wall’s descriptions of learning to do acrobatics, trapeze, and juggling. I have started using “trapeze” analogies in business conversation. (People are looking at me funny. We don’t have trapeze schools around here.)
I found the history a good bit dry. As a result of reading the book, I see how the circus arts came to be something middle-aged women can play in.
If you have any curiosity about circuses, you’ll learn something useful from reading The Ordinary Acrobat. Who knows–you just might start juggling plastic bags from the grocery store (enormous hang time) or try a hula hoop the next time you see a group hooping at a street fair. (As long as it’s taller than your waist, you have a chance.)