Anna Mintz’s Read It Forward Moment: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I finished the book in less in two days and gave it to my mom and said 'You have to read this book!'

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Our Read It Forward Moment series continues! We know you have a Read It Forward Moment: a time when you read a terrific book and then shared that terrific book with someone – or when someone shared their book with you. This week: Anna Mintz shares her story about Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants.

Anna’s Read It Forward book is Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants. “I took it on a family trip to the beach and immediately fell in love with the story. I finished it in less in two days and gave it to my mom and said ‘You have to read this book!’ She turned around and read it in two days and absolutely loved it. We both left the beach with a happy, healthy tan and a new favorite book!”

Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels= of our time. Readers fell in love with Water for Elephants and its story of Jacob, a young man tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, and Rosie, the untrainable elephant. This instant #1 New York Times bestseller is now available in 44 languages and has over 3 million copies in print worldwide. Sara Gruen’s most recent book is Ape House, which features the amazing Bonobo ape. When a number of apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about these animals who share 99.4% of our DNA. Her runaway bestseller Water for Elephants is available wherever books are sold.


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Molly Stern’s Read It Forward Moment: when she, as a young editor, received a single page of text that would become David Benioff’s City of Thieves.

Kira’s Read It Forward Moment: when she passed on A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo to a complete stranger on a plane.

Enjoy Heather’s Read It Forward Moment: when she gifted Dreams of Joy by Lisa See to her grandmother.

Justina’s Read It Forward Moment, when she shared Jane Borden’s I Totally Meant to Do That with all her southerner friends living in NYC.


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SARA GRUEN is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She lives in western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world’s fussiest goat.

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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