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Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

For a story about the circus – the magical, dizzying, fluid, fantastical circus – this is a helluva downer. It recounts two parallel narratives in the life of Jacob: first, his youth spent as the runaway amateur veterinarian in a Depression-era circus; second, wasting away in a nursing home. 213 more words

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Water for Elephants

This book was so ridiculously average. For those that haven’t already read it, it follows Jacob, a runaway veterinarian student, as he leaves his regular life and accidentally joins a circus. 162 more words


26 Books to Read in 2015: #3

I’m deep in it now, folks.  There’s no going back.  Well, there is, but I’m not going to let myself quit the challenge.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though.  636 more words

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At the Water's Edge: Video Review

You can check out my video review of Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge here:

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Monsters Abound

Sara Gruen knows how to write monsters. In her latest novel, At the Water’s Edge, I am struck by the bone-deep and frenzied evil of Gruen’s antagonist. 631 more words


At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Title: At The Water’s Edge
Author: Sara Gruen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of a mythical monster—at the same time that a very real monster, Hitler, wages war against the Allied Forces. 472 more words

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Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

This deeply emotional story unfolds as a series of memories by an old man in a nursing home. They begin with Jacob, a veterinary student who learns his parents have been killed. 150 more words

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