Amazon puts on these really cool weekly "fishbowls," where famous authors and musicians come to speak or perform. Today's special guest: Erik Larson, renowned author of beautifully-rendered historical narratives interspersed with lurid true crime. My sister introduced me to Larson's The Devil in the White City several years ago, so I was pretty excited to hear about his latest best-seller, In the Garden of Beasts--a story of Nazi Berlin as seen through the eyes of William Dodd, America's first ambassador to Nazi Germany, and his rambunctious 24-year old daughter.
Larson spent the better part of an hour describing father and daughter as characters in a true life Grimm Brothers fairy tale, two "innocents" lost in the dusky and darkening wood that was 1933 Germany. He was easily compelling enough that I had fully decided to bump his book to the top of my reading list--and that was before both Bryant and I won the raffle for a signed copy.
Just one of the perks of being an employee at the world's largest bookstore.