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Clio's Chroniclers (the History Discussion Group)

Title: In the Garden of the Beast

Author: Erik Larson

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.
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.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408853
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Published: Crown - May 1st, 2012

Book Discussion: Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler* by Trudi Kanter

realized, women still looked in the mirror. . . . She knows that even
in the bleak darkness, we feel, love, desire. She left no child (she and
Walter tried, with no success); her hats are long lost, but her book is
her legacy, discovered once again.”
—From the introduction by Linda Grant, author of The Clothes on Their Backs, The Thoughtful Dresser and We Had It So Good

1938 Trudi Kanter, stunningly beautiful, chic and charismatic, was a
hat designer for the best-dressed women in Vienna. She frequented the
most elegant cafés. She had suitors. She flew to Paris to see the latest
fashions. And she fell deeply in love with Walter Ehrlich, a charming
and romantic businessman. But as Hitler’s tanks rolled into Austria, the
world this young Jewish couple knew collapsed, leaving them desperate
to escape.

In prose that cuts straight to the bone, Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler tells
the true story of Trudi’s astonishing journey from Vienna to Prague to
blitzed London seeking safety for her and Walter amid the horror
engulfing Europe. It was her courage, resourcefulness and perseverance
that kept both her and her beloved safe during the Nazi invasion and
that make this an indelible memoir of love and survival.

through a secondhand bookshop in London, an English editor stumbled upon
this extraordinary book, and now, though she died in 1992, the world
has a second chance to discover Trudi Kanter’s enchanting story. In
these pages she is alive—vivid, tenacious and absolutely unforgettable.

About the Author

Trudi Kanter was born in Austria and moved across Europe
as she tried to escape the Nazis. She managed to do so, finally settling
in England with her husband, Walter. Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story


I received this
book as a pre-pub from Wendy Sheanin, Simon & Schuster Director of Marketing 
to read and review. What first intrigued me was the cover and then the reading public's attention. Knowing the author died in
1992, I realized I couldn't have a signing unless we had a seance too.
However, another facet of the book was the business angle (Another
"independent business" in crisis.) The
terms used and the importance of the clothing and hats to the story made
me curious about what these terms meant and how it made a difference to
the buyer. Then, I thought of Deb Dworman of deedee & edee, the
premier dress shop in the Chicago Metro area which was two doors east of
my store. If she agreed to it, her place would be a great venue to have
a Book Discussion about Trudi Kanter's memoir. It would be a great to
in the words of the modern business consultants of "cross-selling"; People would visit deedee & edee who hadn't had the opportunity to
do so in the past and her customers might find out about my book store who never
had a reason to stop in. I think Trudi would have endorsed the
business sense and ingenuity. Augie Aleksy, Owner of Centuries &
Sleuths Bookstore.

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781451688306
Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2012

Mystery Writers of America Meeting

Writers of America, Midwest Chapter

Forensic psychology

What does a forensic
psychologist do? Come meet Dr. William “Kip” Hillman, a board-certified forensic
psychologist in Chicago.

Dr. Hillman does
forensic assessments, consultations, and testimony in fitness to stand trial,
insanity, substance abuse, coerced confessions, psychological autopsies, and
risk for violence, including sexual violence. His range of experience includes
work in prisons, inpatient psychiatric hospitals—and 12 years of marriage to a

Our meeting will be at 1 PM Central Daylight Time on
Sunday, September 9 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL

And if you can't make it to the store, you can watch and
interact with us online as we'll be broadcasting the meeting over the Internet
via ustream. Go to

http colon slash slash www dot ustream dot tv slash channel
slash mwa-midwest
You'll have to watch a lame commercial for a few seconds,
but then you'll be connected to the live stream.

To ask questions of our
speaker, email


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