New Release Books by Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen is the author of The Sara Gruen Collection (2016), At the Water's Edge (2015), Riding Lessons (2013), Water for Elephants (2011) and other 53 books.

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The Sara Gruen Collection

release date: Oct 10, 2016
The Sara Gruen Collection
FROM INTERNATIONALLY-BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARA GRUEN, A COLLECTION OF HER MOST BELOVED NOVELS ''ONE OF AMERICA''S MOST COMPELLING STORYTELLERS'' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help 1 - WATER FOR ELEPHANTS The international phenomenon - with over 10 million copies sold, made into a film with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. ''I loved Water for Elephants'' Stephen King ''You are so immersed in circus life that you are blinded by the thrilling, fatal dazzle of sequins and sawdust'' The Telegraph ''An imaginative modern fairy story, teeming with eccentric characters'' The Times The Great Depression 1929 - when Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits in the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive making one-night stands in town after endless town. He meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her... 2 - AT THE WATER''S EDGE A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War. ''The only fault I can find with this book is that I''ve already finished it'' Jodi Picoult ''Truly enthralling'' Scotsman ''Breathtaking'' Harper''s Bazaar 1945. After disgracing themselves at a high society party, spoilt young Philadelphia socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off from the family without a penny. Ellis decides their salvation will be to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, a venture his father very publicly failed at. So, oblivious to WW2 raging around them, they make their way to the Scottish Highlands, where Maddie has to face reality and decide just who the real monsters are. 3 - APE HOUSE The New York Times bestseller. ''If you love animals like I do, it''s a must read'' Ellen DeGeneres ''Had me instantly enraptured'' Dallas Morning News ''Wildly entertaining'' Booklist (starred review) These bonobos are no ordinary apes. Like others of their species, they are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships - but, unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn''t understand people, but animals she gets, especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she''s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what''s really going on inside. When an explosion tears apart the lab, severly injuring Isabel and ''liberating'' the apes to an unknown destination, John''s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime.

At the Water's Edge

release date: Apr 22, 2015
At the Water's Edge
After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year''s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son''s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend Hank decide that the only way to regain the Colonel''s favour is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster - Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind. The trio find themselves amid the devastation of World War II, in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. As the men go out looking for the monster, Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Gradually the friendships she forms open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life. ''If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen''s books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I''ve come to expect from this author. And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me: The monsters we seek may be right in front of us. In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I''ve already finished it.'' - Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time ''I devoured this book. Once again Sara Gruen has proven herself to be one of America''s most compelling storytellers. You might be tempted to rush to get to the answers at the end -but don''t, or you''ll miss the delectable journey that is Gruen''s prose.'' - Kathryn Stockett, New York Times bestselling author of The Help

Riding Lessons

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Riding Lessons
Once a world-class equestrienne with dreams of Olympic glory, a tragic accident changed Annemarie''s life forever. Twenty years later she returns home with a troubled teenager in tow and glimpses a white striped gelding that sparks an obsession that could shatter her fragile world.

Water for Elephants

release date: May 01, 2011
Water for Elephants
Set in a travelling circus touring the backblocks of America during the Great Depression of the early 1930s this is a story of love and hate, trains and circuses, dwarves and fat ladies, horses and elephants - or to be more specific, one elephant, Rosie, star of Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth . . . Now a major motion picture.

Flying Changes

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Flying Changes
A novel of riding and romance, the sequel to Riding Lessons takes up the story of equestrienne, Annemarie Zimmer in a poignant and exhilarating story of embracing life and riding free, from the best-selling author of Water For Elephants .

Ape House

release date: Sep 07, 2010
Ape House
The wildly entertaining new novel from the bestselling author of Water for Elephants. Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships—but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside. When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest—and unlikeliest—phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda. Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen’s place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before. BONUS: This edition contains a reader''s guide.

Water for Elephants (movie tie-in)

release date: Mar 01, 2011
Water for Elephants (movie tie-in)
Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski''s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out—orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn''t have an act—in fact, she couldn''t even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.

Water for Elephants (movie Tie-in, Mass Market)

release date: Mar 01, 2011
Water for Elephants (movie Tie-in, Mass Market)
Ninety-something Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope, in a new edition timed to coincide with the release of the film adaptation starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Reprint.
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