Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s tale of a 21-year-old veterinary student who ditches Cornell to join the circus. Please join Real Simple’s deputy managing editor, Jackie Monk, later this week as she introduces herself and the book.
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Voting ends on Sunday, April 26, so pick your favorite of these four books, if you haven’t already:
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell: Why do some people succeed while others never reach their full potential? Gladwell builds a riveting case that “superstars” are the beneficiaries of hidden advantages—some deserved, some not, some earned, some just lucky.
Wow. Where to begin? (Note: I’m going to be vague here instead of revealing major spoilers; I always feel bad for the author/screenwriter when they’re splashed all over the Internet.)
Thanks for your comments on the first two chapters. Many of you seem to agree with Marilyn’s post about wanting to rescue Caroline. I, too, felt that strongly as I read the next three chapters. It broke my heart (and “my heart,” I guess) when Father forced Caroline to leave the farm. During their time at Mr. Walters’, Caroline—more than ever—was letting us in emotionally (“I can almost not believe how lucky we are,” she revealed). You could feel her excitement when she talked about everything from her new clothes to the non-powder milk. I hadn’t sensed that at all in her forest narration.
Next month, the No-Obligation Book Club will be led by Jackie Monk, Real Simple’s deputy managing editor. Vote for your favorite of the four books below by Sunday, April 26.
I’m Jaimee Zanzinger, a deputy editor of special projects at Real Simple, and I’m excited about sharing My Abandonment with you.
My Abandonment, Peter Rock’s novel based on a real-life Vietnam vet who, in 2004, was discovered living in an Oregon park with his 13-year-old daughter. Please join Jaimee Zanzinger, Real Simple’s deputy editor of special projects, as she introduces the book and herself later this week.