April Book Meeting

  • April 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble (Augusta Mall)

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

From Wikipedia: "The book covers the career of the American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, particularly the years 1933 to 1937 when he and his family, including his daughter Martha, lived in Berlin. The Ambassador, who earned his Ph.D. in Leipzig 40 years earlier, was initially sympathetic to Germany's new Nazi government and believed reports of brutality and anti-semitism to be exaggerated. Martha, separated from her husband and in the process of divorce, became caught up in the glamor and excitement of Hitler's Germany and had a series of liaisons, possibly sexual, including among them Gestapo head Rudolf Diels and Soviet attache (and secret NKVD agent) Boris Vinogradov. She defended the regime to her skeptical friends. Within months of their arrival, the family became aware of the evils of the Nazi party. Dodd periodically protested against it. President Roosevelt was pleased with his performance while State Department officials found him undiplomatic and idiosyncratic."

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  • sandra e.

    Strictly platonically; I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Gregory K.

    My previous comment was not directed towards anyone.It was merely a philosophical observation as to the Nazi mindset and its lure to power as an aphrodisiac.

    May 3, 2013

    • George M.

      Well of course you weren't referring to Renee. She's no "insidious beast" , maybe a little tricky, but no beast.

      May 3, 2013

    • Renee

      Greg I was just trying to be funny with my comment. I know that you did not direct that comment at me. I was hoping the little "winky face" would show that I was not being serious. Sorry it did not come off the way I intented.

      May 3, 2013

  • Gregory K.

    I guess behind the charming facade in the beginning of certain Nazis there was an insidious beast hell bent on ruling the world.The evil that men do continues to live on while the good gets washed away like sand castles at high tide.

    May 1, 2013

    • Matt

      Sandra, the May book is there as the picture now. Brideshead revisited.

      May 2, 2013

    • sandra e.

      Thank You

      May 2, 2013

  • Renee

    Sorry for not showing last night. The meeting dates are automatically set up based on my criteria that we meet the last Tuesday of the month. And with my spacey mom brain I didn't realize until about a week and a half before our discussion that the bookclub coincided with my wedding anniversary. By that point in the month I felt it was too late to change the date. I didn't make a point of letting the group know that I was not attending because when I have done that in the past quite a few people decided not to show up as well. No worries though folks. We have a selection for May, which I will let everyone know about either later today or tomorrow. Also I do have a list of all the books that everyone sent to me and I will bring it in May for us to go through and make some selections. In the meantime if anyone else wants to suggest books for the list you can either post them here, in the May meetup discussion, or email them to me.

    May 1, 2013

    • sandra e.

      Worm* bookworm

      May 1, 2013

    • sandra e.

      To be clear; I'm not " grabbing the dog by the ears" , I do not presume to know how Renee or anyone inturpted your comment. Solely for me I am concerned I will not be able to ...... meet expections. Someone distrusting of me and, me being viewed as a trickster ..... sigh ... Thank You for the insight

      May 1, 2013

  • Nathan

    It was so good, rich, and intellectually rewarding it made Mt. Everest look like Walton Way.

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • sandra e.

    Iam so sorry for not showing up. I'm in finals and misunderstood the time it was scheduled to end. I am sorry, not because I think I was missed but because another may have enjoined going in my steed . So sorry

    May 1, 2013

  • George M.

    Group leader did not show and left us in the dark about her intention not to when presumably a different date could have been set. There was no discussion about the list of books to be read, contrary to expectation.

    April 30, 2013

  • Renee

    Folks, this is the meeting we will be disscussing future book selections. So if you want to contribute something have an author or particular book in mind to suggest. Any books we end up going with will need to be 500 pgs or less, but other than that I am open to any genres. I look forward to hearing people's suggestions!

    March 27, 2013

    • Matt

      The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
      and Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers,

      Fiction wise:
      Freedom: A Novel
      and to toss out something a bit unusual... Machine Man by Max Barry

      April 26, 2013

    • George M.

      Since we are book lovers I think it appropriate to suggest fascinating books about books such as “A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, from Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq” – by Fernando Baez.
      Also the genre of period memoirs of writers such as “Kafka Was All the Rage, A Greenwich Village Memoir” by Anatole Broyard (the Prefatory Remarks at http://amzn.to/17tXKn...­ should hook you). Similar good reads: “February House” by Sherill Tippins, and “Geniuses Together, American Writers In Paris in the 1920s” by H Carpenter.

      April 29, 2013

  • Bette G.

    Sorry for the late change but I will be out of town. I look forward to joining you at a later meeting.

    April 21, 2013

  • George M.

    I wish to recommend for group consideration a list of famous novels most of which are actually fairly short and all well less than 500 pgs. Brideshead Revisited - by Evelyn Waugh
    Ficciones by Jorge Borges (short collection of deep short stories)
    High Wind in Jamaica - Richard Hughes
    The Names by Don Delillo
    Scoop - novel of fine English Humor by Evelyn Waugh
    Austerlitz - by W. G. Sebald
    The Untouchable by John Banville
    Under The Volcano by Lowry
    Under The Sheltering Sky by Bowles
    Suttree by Cormic McCarthy

    Descriptions & critical acclaim are easily found on the net - hope some of them can make the reading list.

    March 27, 2013

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