Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Since its initial publication in 2006, Water for Elephants has become an international bestseller and is now available in 44 languages. Jacob Jankowski, a young veterinary student during the Great Depression, cared for the circus animals – and in particular, an untrained elephant named Rosie who breathed life back into the struggling traveling circus show. This story revolves around an elderly Jacob as he looks back on the ups and downs of his life in the circus world and his bond with Rosie and the show’s equestrian star, Marlena. You can see the book come to life on the big screen when a movie based on the book hits theaters April 22, starring Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame) as Jacob and Reese Witherspoon as Marlena.