Friday, June 24, 2011

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Well, as promised, In One Eye, Out the Other is participating in it's very first Blog Hop.  I don't know about you, but I'm excited!  This is one of seventy-three separate book blogs that's doing a book giveaway between Saturday, June 25th - Wednesday, June 29th.  You can read all about it here, at organizer Leeswammes' Blog.  That's a whole lot of chances to win a great book!  And I encourage you to visit each and every one of the participating blogs.

For first-time visitors to this blog, I'll mention that there's a new giveaway here most Wednesdays.  I call it the "Humpday Giveaway."  This blog covers all different types of books, so you never know what will be up for grabs from week to week.  Additionally you'll find book reviews, author interviews, guest blogger posts, literary gossip, and more.  I invite you to look around while you're here, and please do visit again.  Now, here's this week's offering:

Perhaps best known for his book Devil in the White City, the full title of Erik Larson's latest work of narrative non-fiction is In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.  After five weeks, it's still #3 on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Amazon named it one of their Best of the Month, and in a starred review, Publisher's Weekly wrote:
In this mesmerizing portrait of the Nazi capital, Larson plumbs a far more diabolical urban cauldron than in his bestselling The Devil in the White City. He surveys Berlin, circa 1933–1934, from the perspective of two American naïfs: Roosevelt's ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, an academic historian and Jeffersonian liberal who hoped Nazism would de-fang itself (he urged Hitler to adopt America's milder conventions of anti-Jewish discrimination), and Dodd's daughter Martha, a sexual free spirit who loved Nazism's vigor and ebullience. At first dazzled by the glamorous world of the Nazi ruling elite, they soon started noticing signs of its true nature: the beatings meted out to Americans who failed to salute passing storm troopers; the oppressive surveillance; the incessant propaganda; the intimidation and persecution of friends; the fanaticism lurking beneath the surface charm of its officialdom. Although the narrative sometimes bogs down in Dodd's wranglings with the State Department and Martha's soap opera, Larson offers a vivid, atmospheric panorama of the Third Reich and its leaders, including murderous Nazi factional infighting, through the accretion of small crimes and petty thuggery.
I've got several shiny, new hardback copies of this book, so we're going to do the same thing we did a couple of weeks ago.  The more people that enter this contest, the more copies I'll give away.  If ten people enter, I'll give away one copy; twenty people, two copies; and so on, up to a maximum of five copies.  Other than that, the usual rules apply:
  • The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address ('cause I'm footing the postage).
  • To enter, all you need to do is post a comment below by Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
  • At my discretion, if there are less than five respondents, I can cancel or extend the giveaway.
  • Winner(s) will be chosen by me with the help of a random number generator, and will be announced in the comments section of this thread.
  • Please check back to see if you've won. If you have left a way to contact you, I will do so.
  • The winner has one week to respond to me at with a mailing address, or I will choose a new winner.
  • If a second winner fails to respond, the book automatically goes to the lovely members of my face-to-face book club.
  • Previous giveaway winners are welcome to enter.
  • Finally, if at all possible, please comment below only if you're entering the giveaway.
Good luck to everyone, and thanks for playing!  And now that you've entered my giveaway, I invite you to visit all of the fine sites below.  Each of these sites will have their giveaway posted by Saturday, June 25th.  I jumped the gun by a few hours, but these sites are in all different time zones, so if the giveaway isn't posted yet, it soon will be.  Good luck times seventy-three!

List with all the Participants:

  1. Leeswammes (Int)
  2. The Book Whisperer (Int)
  3. Kristi Loves Books (Int)
  4. Teadevotee (Int)
  5. Bookworm with a View (Int)
  6. Bibliosue (Int)
  7. Sarah Reads Too Much (Int)
  8. write meg! (USA)
  9. My Love Affair With Books (Int)
  10. Seaside Book Nook (Int)
  11. Uniflame Creates (Int)
  12. Always Cooking Up Something (Int)
  13. Book Journey (Int)
  14. ThirtyCreativeStudio (Int)
  15. Col Reads (Int)
  16. The Book Diva's Reads (Int)
  17. The Scarlet Letter (USA)
  18. The Parrish Lantern (Int)
  19. Lizzy's Literary Life (Int)
  20. Read, Write & Live (Int)
  21. Book'd Out (Int)
  22. The Readers' Suite (Int)
  23. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (USA)
  24. Ephemeral Digest (Int)
  25. Miel et lait (Int)
  26. Bibliophile By the Sea (Int)
  27. Polychrome Interest (Int)
  28. Book World In My Head (Int)
  29. In Spring it is the Dawn (Int)
  30. everybookhasasoul (Int)
  31. Nishita's Rants and Raves (Int)
  32. Fresh Ink Books (Int)
  33. Teach with Picture Books (USA)
  34. How to Teach a Novel (USA)
  35. The Blue Bookcase (Int)
  36. Gaskella (Int)
  37. Reflections from the Hinterland (USA)
  38. chasing bawa (Int)
  39. 51stories (Int)
  40. No Page Left Behind (USA)

  1. Silver's Reviews (USA)
  2. Nose in a book (Int)
  3. Lit in the Last Frontier (Int)
  4. The Book Club Blog (Int)
  5. Under My Apple Tree (Int)
  6. Caribousmom (USA)
  7. breienineking (Netherlands)
  8. Let's Go on a Picnic! (Int)
  9. Rikki's Teleidoscope (Int)
  10. De Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  11. Knitting and Sundries (Int)
  12. Elle Lit (USA)
  13. Indie Reader Houston (Int)
  14. The Book Stop (Int)
  15. Eliza Does Very Little (Int)
  16. Joy's Book Blog (Int)
  17. Lit Endeavors (USA)
  18. Roof Beam Reader (Int)
  19. The House of the Seven Tails (Int)
  20. Tony's Reading List (Int)
  22. Rebecca Reads (Int)
  23. Kinna Reads (Int)
  24. In One Eye, Out the Other (USA)
  25. Books in the City (Int)
  26. Lucybird's Book Blog (Europe)
  27. Book Clutter (USA)
  28. Exurbanis (Int)
  29. Lu's Raves and Rants (USA & Canada)
  30. Sam Still Reading (Int)
  31. Dolce Bellezza (Int)
  32. Lena Sledge's Blog...Books, Reviews and Interviews (Int)
  33. a Thousand Books with Quotes (Int)


  1. What a fabulous blog you have.


    I am one of the participating blogs and wanted to stop by to say hello and enter the contest.

    silversolara AT gmail DOT com


    I have two separate giveaways going on…one is for NIGHT TRAIN and one is my Blog Hop giveaway of HOW TO READ THE AIR.



  2. After seeing so many great reviews of books by this author over at PBT, I just can't resist this giveaway. My email is

    Erin S.

  3. I'd love to read this! Thanks for the contest.

  4. Oooh I love Erik Larsen's books. I haven't gotten my hands on this one, so I hope that I win.

    Amanda -

  5. I'd love to read this! Thanks for a great giveaway!


  6. I would love to read this, thank you!

    kimie142002 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  7. I was crazy about Devil in The White City, which happens to be my own hometown ;), and I've been wanting to read this since it's come out. Please drop my name in your hat! Thanks so much for the offer.

  8. This is so fun, and what a great way to get more people to all of these blogs!

  9. Thanks for the opportunity.


  10. Thanks for the giveaway!

    onehotstove AT gmail DOT com

  11. I've been wanting to read this one!


    My blog, where I review free audiobooks, is Free Listens.

  12. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! debnance at gmail dot com

    My mother has been sick and I never got around to signing up to participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. But I've started a monthly giveaway on my blog and I've got a June Giveaway going on this month at my blog, and I'd love to invite you to stop by and throw your name in the hat for Anna and the French Kiss! It's a US giveaway only this month, but next month, I'll be offering an international giveaway for a $25 Amazon card!

  13. I SO want to read this book! Excellent giveaway.

    I'm on the blog hop tour as well, and hope you have a chance to stop by, and will enter my giveaway.


    Thank you for the chance to win!

  15. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

    hawthornescarlet at gmail dot com

  16. Thank you - I would love to read this as it has come highly recommended!

    booksncity (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Great giveaway! I'd love to win this one.


  18. Count me in. Btw,love Mailbox Mondays with the theme Mailboxes.


  19. I just read Devil in the White City and loved it! I would love to read this one!

  20. I would love this one so thanks for the chance.

  21. Thanks so much for this giveaway! Sounds like a great book.

    janezfan (at) yahoo (dot) com

  22. I don't read a lot of nonfiction but I've been hearing so many great things about this book, that I'd love to give it a read.


  23. Although not eligible, thought I'd pop by & say hello & extend an invitation to visit The Parrish Lantern & share some poetry.

  24. Thanks so much for the opportunity Susan.

    Cora R (

  25. Thanks for the giveaway. This book has been on my wishlist for a while.

    misslaurenwilk at gmail dot com

  26. Half the fun of the blog hop is discovering new bloggers and the other half is a chance to win a good book. I would love to be entered please.

    PB of

  27. My grandmother read this and said it was great!
    Would love to read it


  28. Sounds like an interesting read.
    Best wishes and thank for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  29. Great choice for the Blog Hop, Susan!

    Count me in!

    careofkiddos {at} msn {dot} com

  30. I would like to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Thanks for the giveaway

  32. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
    Love to read this book
    cindymacbeth (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. I'm looking forward to reading this book and appreciate the chance to win. Thanks so much
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  34. This sounds like an interesting story.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  35. I loved this other book! Thanks for the chance to win.

    saz AT chainreader DOT com

  36. I have Devil in the White City on my TBR but this sounds good too.

    My yahoo email is: joyweesemoll

  37. Thanks for the great giveaway. I would love to read this book.


  38. Oooh! Lovely choice for a prize! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)


  39. I'm new to your blog, but I would love to win.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  40. Great choice for a giveaway, this is one hot book and I would love to be entered for a chance to win a copy. :)
    I'm off to read your post about Ann Patchett- I love her books! (I'm a new follower on GFC)
    Thanks for the chance,

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  41. hm, sounds interesting, I'd love to read it!
    kimba.geo at gmail dot com

  42. I am a new GFC follower!

  43. Sounds great! e-mail is

  44. Thank you for the giveaway!!
    GFC Shannon Johnson

  45. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a new follower. Not because of this giveaway but because I think you are awesome and I am excited to find your blog.

    GFC: Alexis Villery

  46. It sounds like a great read - thank you!

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. I would love to read this. Please include me in the drawing!

    cuc15 at psu dot edu

    GFC Follower Col Reads

  48. thank you so much for this great giveaway! amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

  49. Thank you so much for this giveaway!


  50. Thanks for this giveaway! I would love the chance to win this book!

  51. thanks for the giveaway and have a nice 4th of July weekend! BTW I'm the 51st commenter :)


  52. I would love to get this book. It is has been on my list for a while now. I love books about WWII.

    New follower


  53. This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    I'm on the blog hop too, so I hope you'll stop by!

    jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

  54. Hi! Thank you for the giveaway and the book sounds like an interesting read! (:


  55. In the Garden of Beasts is one of the books I want to read this summer. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    undermyappletree at gmail dot com

  56. I'dlike to read this book. Thank you for the chance


  57. Excellent choice! Just entered your regular drawing and I'd love to read this book also
    tjandbcd at


  58. What a good book!


    FIrst, I'd like to again thank Judith for hosting this Blog Hop, and for inviting me to participate. I can't wait for the next one! And I'd also like to thank everyone for the many kind notes above. They were a pleasure to read. And it was a thrill to have so many visitors to the blog! I hope that many of you will return, if only for the giveaways, which are a regular feature around here.

    The following winners were selected with the help of the random number generator at I like to keep things nice and simple. The winning commenters are:

    (Diane) Bibliophile by the Sea
    Anonymous AKA Craig
    Miss Lauren

    Congratulations to you all! I believe that most of you left email addresses, so I'll be emailing you later, but do feel free to beat me to the punch. You may send your mailing address to me at

    For those that did not win today, please don't despair--there's already a new giveaway up on the site. I invite you all to enter the drawing for Boyd Morrison's new thriller, The Vault. It's getting raves everywhere. And thank you all for participating in this fun giveaway!

  60. This is an engrossing tale where quotes come from primary sources and the details of events draw you in. Larson has done his usual masterful job of focusing our attention on an engrossing tale. In DEVIL, you had parallel stories; here, the good and bad guys live in the same neighborhoods. The tension on Tiergartenstrasse must have been like a chokehold.
    MUST READ for any fan of history. Also, you might find a few parallels between early Nazi-ism and the more ridiculous elements of conservatives Americans.

  61. Could not put this book down, but i took my time with it as i did not want it to end. A great story mixed with Martha's love life and great insight into the players in the Nazi party. This book was full of great information, a great insight into one of the truly unbelievable times in this century. After reading numerous books about the Nazi's this was the BEST written book i ever read.