Monday, May 16, 2011

Water for Elephants

My mom was in town this weekend.

Like most times when she is here, we packed in as much activity as we could. A band concert with A. Shopping. A choir concert with B. Shopping. Church. Shopping. The Melting Pot.

Then Sunday night, I said on a whim, "Let's go to Water for Elephants."

We hesitated. After all, Mom's flight left early on Monday morning.

And we were pretty satiated from the cheese and chocolate fondue.

Sidebar Recommendation: The Bananas Foster White Chocolate dessert fondue.


But we went to the theater.

If you haven't read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, go get it.

Right now.

From a bookstore. Download it on Kindle.

Read it.

The premise is about a young man, Jakob Yankowski, whose parents are killed in 1931 on the day of his final test to graduate in veterinary science from Cornell. He runs away and joins a circus (sounds cliche, huh?). However, Gruen brings to life the small circus life during The Depression.

The descriptions are amazing. The plot riveting. The conflict stellar.

Read it.

Then go see the movie.

Reece Witherspoon.
Robert Pattinson (I will admit to being back on Team Edward :)).
An elephant.
A controlling ringmaster.

Good stuff!

What's Up with Pearl/Frost/The Book that Must Be Named?

Two agents have the MS (one has a full; one a partial). I haven't heard from either. :( Which begs the question:

Is no news, good news?


Is no news, no news?



  1. we just read that for book club last month (i'd read it a year or two ago, but had to re-read it because it had grown foggy . . . i totally want to see the movie. it'll probably have to wait until dvd though, since i only see 1 movie every couple years at the theater, on average.
    happy spring, my dear!

  2. Honestly, I wasn't crazy about the book. I didn't think it was bad, just not the best. I was expecting more of "their" story, and it was really his which is good and interesting. I'll probably rent the DVD. Hello Edward. :)
    I'm hoping the best for you Heidi! Keep us posted.