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Author Erik Larson Answers Questions About In the Garden of Beasts

Hi, Bookies: While the Real Simple offices in midtown Manhattan were totally spared damage from Hurricane Sandy, we know that many of our readers have suffered losses and hardships from the storm, and our thoughts go out to them. One thing that did brighten a gray day: a note back with Erik Larson’s answers to our questions about his nonfiction […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Part 6 to the End

Hello, Bookies! We’ve come to the end—did your opinions about anyone/anything change in this final section? I really gained a lot of respect for Dodd, particularly when he returns to the U.S. and continues to speak out against Hitler and the Nazis, trying to warn the world about Germany’s plans for domination. It seems like he was the lone voice […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Parts 4 and 5

In the next few chapters, we really see tensions between Germany and the U.S. grow stronger as Hitler’s power intensifies and poor Ambassador Dodd is once again caught in the middle. We also see how life in Germany is spinning out of control: the controversial Reichstag arson trial,  increasing discrimination against Jews, and escalating surveillance/spying and paranoia among the German […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Parts 1, 2, and 3

Hi, Bookies! Hope you’re enjoying the book so far. I admit, it started off a little slowly for me, but once the Dodds got settled in Germany things really started to pick up. As the book went on, I was surprised that we got very little about Mrs. Dodd. I wanted to hear more from her unique perspective, and I […]

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Welcome to the October Book Club

Hello, Bookies! I’m Maggie Shi, deputy editor for RealSimple.com, somewhat-obsessive pinner on a few of the Real Simple Pinterest boards, and semi-delinquent blogger over in the food section of Simply Stated. I’m excited to be leading my second book club discussion (in October, my favorite month!) and am eager to jump into Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts. I […]

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Which Book Won the October Poll?

Hi, Bookies: It was a decisive win for In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson’s incredible nonfiction telling of a somewhat obscure but nonetheless fascinating figure in American history: William Dodd, the unassuming history professor who became the U.S. ambassador to Nazi Germany. But the book is almost equally about his daughter, Martha, as reckless and outspoken as her father […]

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