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Thursday, August 18, 2011

In the Garden of Beasts

Jana Riess is a scholar, editor, writer, and book critic.

She was also (full disclosure here), my sophomore-year roommate at Wellesley. And is still a good friend!

I recently read Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin for researching my third novel (yet untitled, but set in Berlin during 1941). Dodd's tome is a magnificent look at William Dodd, the U.S. Ambassador to Berlin, and his family, living in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich — a vivid, chilling, and gripping read.

Jana gives a wonderful review on her blog, which is also worth checking out.


  1. This was the first book I had read by Erik larson and won't be the last. This was a very well written book in a style that maintained interest as well as being a learning expereince. While fact may not be "stranger than fiction", in this case it was definiely more interesting than the fiction i read during the year.

  2. Dear Canada, I absolutely agree - Larson has a wonderful writing style. I'll be reading more of his work as well!