Sara Gruen Books

Sara Gruen Books

Last Updated on November 21, 2020 by A Book Idea

This is a comprehensive list of Sara Gruen Books. She loves animals and her books are themed on animals.

Additionally, Her books are so heartwarming and loaded with so much compassion that you will indeed love them.

This Sara Gruen Books list is in chronological order starting off with her earliest publication to the latest one.

Sara was born in Canada in 1969 but holds dual citizenship and is an American citizen as well.

Gruen received the Alex Awards in 2007 for her works. She also supports several charities dealing in animals both tamed and wild.

Riding Lessons (2002)

Riding Lessons
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A stunning new voice in American fiction, Sara Gruen makes a masterful debut with a novel of family, tragedy, rebirth … and the breathtaking love of something wild.

As a world-class equestrienne and Olympic contender,Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flightatop a strong, graceful animal.

Then, at eighteen, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, her beloved and distinctively marked horse.

Now, twenty years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father’s New Hampshire horse farm.

Jobless and abandoned, she is bringing her troubled teenaged daughter to this place of pain and memory, where ghosts of an unresolved youth still haunt the fields and stables — and where hope lives in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian Annemarie loved as a girl … and in the seductive allure of a trainer with a magic touch.

But everything will change yet again with one glimpse of a red and white striped gelding startlingly similar to the one Annemarie lost in another lifetime.

And an obsession is born that could shatter her fragile world.

Flying Changes (2005)

Sara Gruen Books - Flying Changes
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Twenty years after her competitive riding career finished tragically, anxiety rules Annemarie Zimmer’s days.

The fear that her relationship with the man she loves is going nowhere and the worry that her daughter Eva’s own dreams of Olympic glory will end in a repetition of Annemarie’s traumatic circumstances is so real.

When the teenage Eva is invited to audition for a world-class trainer, Annemarie realizes that she must give Eva a chance to soar.

But when Eva falls in love with a spectacular blue roan Nokota who hasn’t let anyone ride him since his arrival at the barn, Annemarie’s doubts come crashing back.

It is a time of turmoil at Maple Brook: when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken to allow this one remarkable family to pull together and meet headlong the changes coming their way.

Water for Elephants (2006)

Water for Elephants
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Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Award for Most Popular Book.

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.

A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer.

He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place.

It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

Ape House (2010)

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Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. They are very different and peculiar.

These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships.

Additionally and unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.

Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets – especially the bonobos.

She feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans…

Until she meets John Thigpen, a married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow.

Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes’ debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest – and unlikeliest – phenomenon in the history of modern media.

Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come to get them.

Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John; a green-haired vegan; and a retired porn star with her own agenda.

Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen’s place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.

At the Water’s Edge (2015)

At the Water's Edge
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After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind.

To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at.

He will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook).

Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war.

Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe.

And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants.

The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love.

Fawnie Stops Pushing Things Off (2016)

Fawnie Stops Pushing Things Off
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This list of Sara Gruen books wouldn’t be complete without a special mention of this children books.

How can we get Fawnie to stop procrastinating and to stop pushing off walking?

Would a gaily-wrapped present get her going? How about a chart with star stickers?

What if her brothers put her food and water a little further away?

No, Fawnie would still push off walking. She is happy to just lie on the forest floor.

Until…, Fawnie hears about all the fun she missed at cousin deer’s birthday party.

Will grandma’s advice help Fawnie learn to stop pushing things off?

Children discover how to change pushing off behavior and how they can start doing the opposite, to motivate themselves.

This book is insightful and entertaining. “Fawnie Stops Pushing Things Off” is a sure success with children.

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