Water for Elephants
Jacob Jankowski looks back on his early life in the circus. As he sat in the nursing home, he reminisced on how he joined the circus when his life fell apart with the data of his parents. Set in the depression and prohibition, this story depicts the difficulties of the circus traveling across the country to give levity to the country's otherwise dreary existence. Jacob made friends and enemies as he performed his duties as the circus animal doctor.
My favorite character in the book was Rosie the Elephant.