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Author Sara Gruen, in her historical novel “Water For Elephants,” takes the reader to the circus backstage to reveal the unbelievable secrets of the traveling circus.

You only need to look attentively to see that dirt and poverty hide behind all these happy faces and bright costumes. Anger and betrayal also lurk. It follow that all the shocking and breathtaking tricks and stunts contain elements of illusion – lies to extract gold coins from your pockets.

“Water For Elephants” was published in 2006, landing on The New York Times bestseller for 12 weeks.

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