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New Meetup: Water for Elephants

From: Kimberli
Sent on: Monday, August 31, 2009 11:05 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Columbia Meetup Book Club!

What: Water for Elephants

When: September 29,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Panera Bread
6435 Dobbin Road
Columbia, MD 21045
[masked]

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

This month we will be reading Water for Elephants, a novel recommended by on of our group members. Below is a description of the book. Hope to see you there!

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.

Comment: Water for Elephants absorbs the reader into the glamorous, colorful but uncertain world of a traveling circus during the Great Depression, complete with human freak show, exotic animal acts and the like. The story is told by Jacob Jankowski who, from the confines of his nursing home, drifts in and out of his memories as he recollects the extraordinary events of his early months with the circus.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/columbia-meetup-book-club/calendar/11253975/

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