Water for Elephants – Movies Trailer & Algonquin Books

I am on a roll with the bookish movie trailers. I posted the trailer for The Help on tumblr, so I am going with the other big movie for my blog. Is anyone planning to see this, this weekend or at all? What I love about the trailer is that it is very much like what I imagined in my head. Few movies can do this.  Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden was probably the only other book where this happened for me with the movie. I wonder how closely the movie will follow that plot?

I read Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen with my book club before I started my blog, and before I knew a thing about who published what. Of course I know more now, and to look back at Algonquins backlist is to discover that they are in fact, bookrunners, and probably supply most book clubs in the United States with a good number of titles. They sure have supplied me and mine with quite a few.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Book Club Picks

Pictures of of You by Caroline Leavitt
Water For Elelphants by Sara Gruen
Between Here and April, by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons

Books I Bought

Mudbound by Hilary Jordan
A ReliableWife by Robert Goolrick
Gossip of the Starlings by Nina De Gramont
The Good Negress by A.J. Verdelle
Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

For Review

I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson (my review of I Thought You Were Dead)
When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud (Interview w/ Jon Michaud, review out next week)

For Me, From Friends

Friend of the Family by Lauren Groff
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Malloy

Impressive. And that’s to say nothing of all the fab books they have out right now and coming over the next few months.

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I’m always looking for more suggestions. Which Algonquin books did you either really love, or that you found provoked good discussion?

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  1. I want to see Water for Elephants. My boo group read it either last year or the year before. I wasn’t all that excited about it, but I loved that book. Looking forward to seeing how it has translated to the big screen.

  2. Well as you know, Algonquin is a featured imprint on my blog and I adore their books! Did you read West of Here? Another Algonquin pick for the Skype club.

  3. I haven’t read this book yet, but I realize I am running out of time with the movie coming out this weekend! Thanks for posting this clip. It has made me want to read the book sooner rather than later.

    1. It’s an enjoyable read. I think I would have liked this particular book more had I not discussed it with book club. It had some flaws that didn’t quite hold up for me in discussion.

  4. Everyone has recommended this to me and I have yet to actually crack it open. Chances are, I won’t actually see the movie but I should probably get at the book, soon. Thanks for this!

  5. I want to read Water for Elephants before I see the movie. I bought it at a used book sale a few weeks ago so may have to add it to the TBR list! Of the books you listed, A Friend of the Family is my favorite. But there are so many other good ones…

  6. I’m going to go see this movie tonight with a couple of girlfriends and I’m really excited πŸ™‚ Read the book a few years ago and thought it was pretty good.

  7. Water For Elephants!! I loved this when my book club read it too and it won our book club pick of the year that year. I wanted to see the movie this weekend but my back injury has kept me at home… I may see if the theaters are open this afternoon…. I am feeling better and College son and hubby are both home πŸ™‚

    Happy Easter Nicole!

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