April, 2014: In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

(Book #48)  Sharon hosted and served a Berlin inspired meal of bratwurst (wurst which was the best) sauerkraut and potatoes. The tray of delicious desserts from a favorite German bakery should have been verboten but were cut into halves and thirds to share all the choices around. Discussion of the book included mention of how interesting the young woman’s life was even before her father was assigned to Berlin with all her famous suitors; the level of mistake or misunderstanding that sent the family to Berlin at that time; and what the diplomat knew or didn’t know about his daughter’s activity or the activities of the Third Reich. The general consensus was that it is a book well worth the read.