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Sara Gruen - Apă ​pentru elefanţi
Aparut ​in SUA in 2006, romanul Apa pentru elefanti a fost luni intregi Numarul 1 in topurile de vanzari din New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, fiind desemnat in acelasi an Favourite Book of the Year de catre publicatia Newsday. In 2007, este recompensat cu premiile Booksense Book of the Year si Bookbrowse Diamond pentru cea mai populara carte. Este tradus in peste 40 de tari si s-a vandut in 4 milioane de exemplare. Primul rand: „Am nouazeci de ani. Sau nouazeci si trei. Ori una, ori alta“. Ultimul rand: „Pentru mosneagul asta, circul e casa lui“. Intre cele doua randuri se desfasoara povestea fascinanta a tanarului Jacob Jankowski, care in anii '30 isi face ucenicia vietii intr-unul dintre cele mai vestite circuri americane. Angajat sa aiba grija de animale, Jacob va descoperi sub marea cupola un univers cu personaje bizare si fascinante, dar cu reguli rigide ca ale unei caste. Insa va afla deopotriva ca circul nu inseamna numai stralucire si culoare, paiete si magie, rasete si ropote de aplauze, ci si animale maltratate, artisti in mizerie incercand sa uite sordidul cotidian cu ajutorul alcoolului de contrabanda, violenta si prostitutie, suferinta si tragedii, incertitudini si spaime. Pe acest fundal se perinda o galerie intreaga de figuri memorabile: Unchiul Al, directorul fara scrupule al circului; Kinko, clovnul pitic cu un zambet exagerat pictat pe chipul trist; „ciudatii“ cu trupuri contorsionate de suferinta; imprevizibilul si crudul August Rosenbluth, dresorul de animale care cade victima celor pe care i-a chinuit; Marlena, frumoasa lui sotie, dresoarea de cai, de care Jacob se indragosteste naprasnic si alaturi de care traieste o patimasa poveste de iubire; Rosie, elefantita cu personalitate si cu un secret care-i pune viata in primejdie. Fotografii alb-negru insotesc textul - instantanee surprinse la circurile americane de la inceputul secolului XX, imortalizand o lume unde minunile sunt iscate cu o lovitura de bagheta, se spulbera odata cu ultimul acord al orchestrei, dar iti lasa amintiri de-o viata.

Sara Gruen - At ​the Water's Edge
In ​this new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s personal awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highlands village. Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of a mythical monster—at the same time that a very real monster, Hitler, wages war against the Allied Forces. What Maddie discovers—about the larger world and about herself—through the unlikely friendships she develops with the villagers, opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities.

Sara Gruen - Riding ​Lessons
As ​a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at eighteen, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, twenty years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father’s New Hampshire horse farm. Jobless and abandoned, she is bringing her troubled teenage daughter to this place of pain and memory, where ghosts of an unresolved youth still haunt the fields and stables—and where hope lives in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian Annemarie loved as a girl ... and in the seductive allure of a trainer with a magic touch. But everything will change yet again with one glimpse of a white striped gelding startlingly similar to the one Annemarie lost in another lifetime. And an obsession is born that could shatter her fragile world.

Sara Gruen - Ape ​House
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.

Sara Gruen - Flying ​Changes
Anxiety ​rules Annemarie Zimmer's days—the fear that her relationship with the man she loves is growing stagnant; the fear that equestrian daughter Eva's dreams of Olympic glory will carry her far away from her mother . . . and into harm's way. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with her past. But if she cannot let go, the personal battles she has won and the heights she has achieved will have all been for naught. It is a time of change at Maple Brook horse farm, when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken. But it is an unanticipated tragedy that will most drastically alter the fragile world of one remarkable family—even as it flings open gates that have long confined them, enabling them all to finally ride headlong and free.

Sara Gruen - Vizet ​az elefántnak
Bár ​nem szívesen beszél emlékeiről, ezek makacsul megülik a kilencvenegynéhány éves Jacob Jankowski elméjét. Emlékek saját fiatalkoráról, amikor a sors egy roskatag vonatra vetette, melyen a Benzini testvérek világhíres cirkusza bolyongott Amerikában. Emlékek egy olyan világról, amelyet szörnyszülöttek és bohócok népesítettek be, amely tele volt csodákkal, dühvel, szenvedéssel és szenvedéllyel; egy világról, amelynek megvannak a maga logikátlan szabályai, sajátos életformája, s ahol a halál is a maga módján kopogtat. A cirkusz világa ez, amely Jacob Jankowski számára egyszerre jelentett megváltást és pokoljárást. Jacob azért került be ebbe a világba, mert elhagyta a szerencséje. Árván és egyetlen garas nélkül nem tudta, mihez kezdjen, mígnem rá nem talált erre a gőzerővel hajtott „bolondok hajójára” a nagy gazdasági világválság idején.

Sara Gruen - Water ​for Elephants
When ​Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is 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.