I also wanted to point out that we are going to try very hard not to compare Ape House to Water for Elephants. It's hard when an author writes an amazing book and everyone compares the second book to the first. I can't imagine that Ape House will be better or even as good as Water for Elephants.
I just wanted to point out those two things before we get started.
But... seriously, if you haven't read Water for Elephants, you simply must!