Books Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen Paperback, 208 pages, Shade Mountain Press, List Price: $22.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleTonic and BalmAuthorStephanie Allen Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary It's 1919, a time when traveling medicine shows can still find audiences eager to buy miracle "cures" and watch old-fashioned variety acts onstage. Stephanie Allen's novel follows one such troupe, Doc Bell's Miracles and Mirth Medicine Show. Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Tonic and Balm Review Book Reviews 'Tonic And Balm' Builds A World In A Bottle February 10, 2019 Stephanie Allen's novel creates a microcosm of America in 1919 in the form of a travelling medicine show, packed with people from all walks of life, trying to get along in the show's close confines.