February read... "In the Garden of Beasts..." by Erik Larson

  • February 17 · 7:00 PM

full title - "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin"

Erik Larson, bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

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  • Ellen S.

    I agree with Carol's assessment especially since Erik's book "The Devil in White City" was such a compelling story. Always good to get the group's take on things though.

    February 19

  • Carol Hayes

    Interesting and fun group. The book was not an enjoyable read, but provided an interesting look at the history of the period.

    February 19

  • Tracey Gauthier-peters

    Here is the info on the course I mentioned. It looks like I can't add a meeting. Text me at [masked] if interested.
    Learn to make Natural Lip Balm and Sugar Scrub
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: February 26, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Beaver Brook Nature Center Hollis NH
    Description: Learn to make your own wholesome lip balm and sugar scrub. This class will teach you about using natural ingredients for your health and personal care. You can utilize organic and high quality ingredients to create products that are better than many you can buy. Learning these skills will also save you money. Many items make wonderful gifts. It's simpler than you think. Different topic each 4th Wednesday of the Month Instructor: Rivka Schwartz. Brown Lane Barn 52 Brown Lane Hollis NH 6:30-7:30
    $15/$13 Members includes materials

    February 17

  • Ellen S.

    See you tonight Kathleen!

    February 17

  • Laura

    sorry my allergies are bad - had a bad night and I am afraid cats could cause an asthma attack

    February 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - I will not be coming after all to this. I apologize for the late notice, but I was only to get about halfway through the book, so it doesn't make sense to attend.

    February 17

  • Kathleen

    Hi everyone , I will send an email later tonight with loc for tomorrow but it will be my house in Lynnfield.

    February 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the location for tomorrow's meeting?

    February 16

  • Laura

    Need to know where we are meeting

    February 15

  • Ellen S.

    Yay! Happily I will now be able to attend. Thanks Kathy :)

    1 · February 9

  • Ellen S.

    So sorry to not be able to make another meeting! Unfortunately, Tuesday evening's just don't work for me. Hopefully, the next one will be on a Monday evening. BTW, just reading a brand new book by a local author that you may be interested in. It is called "North of Boston" by Elisabeth Eno. Always fun to read about local, familiar places.... especially when there is "foul play" involved :)

    February 7

  • CarolineFCS7

    Do you know what next month's book will be?

    February 5

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