Links for the East Side Readers' discussion.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (website). Here's an interview, an excerpt, and a reading guide.
Here are some links you might enjoy....

Sara Gruen's website (click at bottom of page, but it's glitchy)
Water for Elephants on Wikipedia

Water for Elephants - Book Club Discussion Questions
ReadingGroupGuides.com - :: A different set of discussion questions

Interview with Sara Gruen
About.com Interview with Sara Gruen (3 pgs, not bad)
Curled Up With a Good Book--An interview with Sara Gruen

NPR : A Circus Tale: 'Water for Elephants' ::: audio description & excerpt
NPR : Swell Books for Summer Loafing -- audio

'Water for Elephants,' New York Times Book Review
Amazon 1-star reviews
Amazon Reviews: [All]…

The Circus in America: 1793 - 1940
American Circus Lingo
Frost's, Circus Life and Circus Celebrities (history) :: (dedicated to recording the history of the American circus)
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University
Book of Genesis - Wikipedia

The Ses Carny Circus Sideshow Fire Breathing And More

Clown Alley
Coney Island Circus Sideshow
The Ses Carny Circus Sideshow Fire Breathing And More
Sideshow World - Sideshow History, Sideshow Memories, Sidehow Photos
Sideshows @ .. www.showhistory.com...(with photos)
Freak Show

Ruth Pontico (circus fat lady)
Dolly Dimples Diet (circus fat lady)

History of elephant training :: Notes by Elephant Consultant Dan Koehl
Leslie Griffith | The Elephant in the Room (health issues)
Elephant Training - National Zoo
Circuses.com - PETA is anti-elephant show
Training of elephants in zoo and circus

Run away and join the circus??


RKC said...

Thanks to everyone at the WATER FOR ELEPHANTS discussion. Consensus was a good, fun, interesting book.... though not great literature. Some issues with structure & anachronisms, but circus setting was fresh.... discussion of why and how the framing story in the nursing home worked or didn't work, and even which story was more interesting & well done.

VA said...

Diane Rehm did WATER FOR ELEPHANTS on her book review show on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. It was pretty interesting & presented some good ideas. I haven't finished the book yet, but surely am enthralled with it. Good choice.