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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson February Regular Book Club Pick

  • Feb 20, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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By popular vote, our choice for February's Regular Book Club Pick is In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. This meetup will be held at Rebecca's house. Please feel free to bring a beverage or dessert/appetizer to share with the group but it is not a requirement.

About the book:

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s 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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  • Olga S.

    Fantastic evening, great discussion. Rebecca, thank you for hosting, everyone, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the group. I will definitely come again whenever my schedule allows (I have schedule conflict with most of you planned gatherings next couple of months :(

    February 21, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for letting us know. We certainly will miss you but look forward to meeting you in the near future. Rebecca

    February 20, 2013

  • Bob M.

    Although I read the book and would love a discussion about it, I realized that I have a conflict tonight. I'm singing with The Gospel Meets Symphony choir (Akron) on Saturday night at EJThomas Hall. We have a practice rehearsal tonight which I cannot miss. The one and only criterion to sing in this choir is attendance. So, I'm sorry but I cannot be there tonight for the discussion.

    February 20, 2013

  • Liz B

    Sorry, I will not be able to make it tonight. Bogged down with work. Rebecca is going to take the lead on this one solo.

    February 20, 2013

  • Pamela Noelle S.

    Car trouble! Looking forward to the next event!

    February 19, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I agree Sandi--we should have some great discussion!

    February 19, 2013

  • Betsy

    Sorry to bail on this one...things just caught up with me. Have fun and see you next month!

    February 19, 2013

  • Sandi H.

    Rebecca - Thanks for hosting. An intense book - - can't wait for the discussion and perhaps a parallel to today's international environment.

    February 19, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Good morning! I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday! Feel free to park in the driveway or on the left side of the street. Rebecca

    February 18, 2013

  • Betsy

    Hi All! I am now a maybe for Wednesday. Very early flight on Thursday morning and lots to get done prior. Am still going to try my best to make it but thought I'd better let you know.

    February 17, 2013

  • Pamela Noelle S.

    The only reason I would not attend is because of weather!

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I live in Lakewood and if anyone is coming from that area and doesn't mind company, I'd be happy to share the cost of gas for a ride. RTA to Strongsville is grueling :)

    February 2, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Hi All--Look forward to having you over in February. I loved Devil in the White City by this author, and expect this book to be just as intriguing. Hope the weather is not frightful...but it will be cozy inside!!!

    January 11, 2013

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