Sunday, January 04, 2009

Water for Elephants

On vacation last week, I read Sara Gruen’s New York Times bestselling novel Water for Elephants. I was awed by her brilliance--specifically, how she structured the story and all the research she did prior to setting pen to paper. But most of all, I was delighted by her ninety-something-year-old protagonist and his end-of-life career move. Water for Elephants, in other words, is a great read for late bloomers.

P.S. If like millions of Americans you've already read and loved WFE, you'll be interested to know that Gruen is coming out with a book about apes in 2009.


  1. I'm always looking for good reads. Another great fiction I've read recently is: "Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger.

  2. Wow, this sounds like a great book. I'll have to put it on my list of books to read.
    Last night I finished reading, "A Dog Named Christmas" by Greg Kincaid. LOVED IT! Awww, it was so sweet with some powerful lessons.

  3. I'm excited for her new book! She has also written a sequel of horse novels, "Riding Lessons" and "Flying Changes." If you are a horse lover, you'll be amazed! Otherwise, the novels are fabulous reads.

  4. Glad to see you doing your part of the publishing industyr, Prill! (-: We need it. And this book does seem to have an original premise/theme. Keep 'em coming!

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  5. Thanks everyone. Love all your book recommendations!

    P.S. WickedAwesomeSneakers--you're wickedly awesome! (I didn't realize Gruen had written a series of horse novels as well.)