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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006)

Jacob Jankowski recounts the wonderful time he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. During the Great Depression, his parents are killed and Jacob, now penniless, has to leave vet school. He learns the ins and outs of circus life, falls in love with a beautiful horse rider and becomes attached to Rosie, the elephant who responds to Polish commands.

Listen to an NPR review, read an interview with the author on the Small Spiral Notebook blog, or an interview on the Borders site. Book clubs can check out discussion questions or watch an episode of Borders Book Club where Sara Gruen discusses her novel. See what the New York Times said about Gruen's continued success.

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