In the Stacks Episode 76: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A video book review of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. To purchase the book, click here.

"When Jacob’s parents die in a car accident, his entire life is upended. He takes a job with the Benzini Brothers circus, where under the big top is a common place for people to run away and deal with their pain during the 1930s Depression.

"All kinds of outsiders are here: the fat lady, the dwarf, the orphan Marlena, star of the show who’s married to August, the ringmaster and animal trainer. Jacob becomes close with them, too close. Even as a veterinarian he’s powerless to stop how they torture and train the animals into submission." -- Michelle Z. from In the


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