Water for Elephants is in theaters starting today (4/22). If you are interested in reading the great book that this movie is based on, Miami University Libraries owns several copies. All of our copies are of course checked out right now, but you can click here to request a copy to read as soon as one becomes available for check out. You might also want to try the Oxford Lane Public Library to see if they have a copy to check out or get on their waiting list.
You might also want to check out Sara Gruen's more recent book, Ape House, for another poignant examination of human-animal interactions. When I recently looked it up, our copy was still available. You can find it on the second floor of King at PS3607.R696 A86 2010.
If you're interested in reading other stories of human-animal interactions, you might be interested in some of the following books:
Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3620.I56 A83 2004
Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3611.L565 T55 2006
The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ9281.A66 V5313 2010
The story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. King Leisure Reading | PS3623.R63 S76 2008
If Water for Elephants has piqued your interest in other fictional accounts of circus life, here are a couple of titles:
The Aerialist by Richard Schmitt. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3569.C5166 A68 2000
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6053.A73 N5 1985
The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3604.A985 C57 2004