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New Event: June Westside Meetup: Water for Elephants

From: Bethany
Sent on: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 9:00 PM
Announcing a new event for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: June Westside Meetup: Water for Elephants

When: Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM

Voluntary fee: USD1.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: This month we've decided to read and discuss "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. Once again we'll meet at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Ohio City. Hopefully we'll have just as lovely of night as we experienced during our West side discussion on "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan". Come one, come all, and bring your enlightened perspectives on "Water for Elephants"!

This novel, in addition to being on the New York Times Bestseller list for several weeks, it was also awarded the esteemed 2007 BookBrowse Diamond Award for Most Popular Book. Information about the author can be found at:

"An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford."

The ending of both stories is a little too cheerful to be believed, but...the magic of the story and the writing convince you to suspend your disbelief. -- Booklist - Marta Segal

Despite her often cliche'd prose and the predictability of the story's ending, Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book. -- Publishers Weekly

Old-fashioned and endearing, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced story. -- Library Journal

The leisurely recreation of the circus's daily routine is lovely and mesmerizing, even if readers have visited this world already in fiction and film, but the plot gradually bogs down in melodrama. -- Kirkus Reviews

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