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Book Club Thu Feb 21 2008

Book List Group on Water for Elephants

Earlier this month, one of the the Book List book groups read Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, our own Book Club selection back in August of last year. Like most of us, the group loved it and offered some interesting opinions on the characters, the idea of family in the story and how the narrative itself was arranged like a three-ring circus. Most interesting was the moderator's thoughts on the group after someone confided they didn't feel smart enough to join in the discussion: "Yes, I am impressed by the intelligence and the thoughtfulness of many of the readers in the group," she admits. "But it's about so much's about bringing your whole self to the reading of the book and sharing with the group...a book group should be like a circus - it should be a place where we can all be different and all fit in." My thoughts exactly.

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