In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

The Party's Over

This is a riveting, suspenseful account of the run up to Nazi rule in Germany.  We meet William Dodd, an unassuming, academic who was tapped by President Franklin Roosevelt to become the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in 1933-34 as Hitler was rising to power.  Dodd was clearly an outsider in diplomatic circles.  He was a not rich, deplored the ostentatious show of wealth expected of diplomats, and was a Jeffersonian Democrat – meaning he was opposed to anything that smacked of elitism or aristocracy.  He drove not a Mercedes but a Chevrolet.

He arrived in Berlin with his wife, and adult children, Martha and Bill.  Martha was beautiful, adventurous, and a great favorite among the men in Hitler’s circle.  She enjoyed life in beautiful Berlin, attended receptions and parties, had many affairs with powerful and dangerous men, and turned a blind – or perhaps a naïve – eye to the occasional violence and brewing war spirit in Germany. 

This story tells of the growing terror settling among the German people -  academics, Hitler’s political enemies, Jews, and other so-called undesirables.   But it is the story of the Dodd family and most particularly, Martha, that is at the center of this slice of history.  Through Martha’s eyes, we see one of the most terrifying downslides of a civilized country in modern history, and the gradual erosion of her approval.  The party was over.  She went on to support the Soviets, owing in part to a love affair with a Russian spy. 

There are at least 50 pages of notes at the end of the book, attesting to the thoroughness of the author’s research.  This should be of no surprise to fans of Erik Larson.  He is an unflinching narrator of some of the modern history’s most notorious disasters and crimes.  He always manages to put a human face on these horrors and brings out the little-known stories that make the larger narrative so compelling.

Starting Your Winter Garden

Starting Your Winter Garden

Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 p.m.

We are lucky to be able to grow food year round in California. What’s different at this time of year and what can be planted? Join Master Gardener Carole King and learn tips for planning a fall and winter vegetable garden. This workshop is for anyone who wants to have a successful harvest year round. Free. No advance registration required. For more information email garibald@monterey.org or call (831) 646-5603. 

Carole King is a lifelong gardener and enjoys sharing her passion for growing all things edible. In 2010, she became a Master Gardener through the University of California Cooperative Extension. Previously she worked as a nurse and an educator.




Crazy 8's Math Club: Grades 3-5 (Pre-registration required)

Crazy 8's Math Club: Grades 3-5 (Pre-registration required)

Tuesday, September 22, 3:30pm

Join us for a fun experience with hands on math activities.  This is a FREE program, but space is limited.  Be sure to register in advance for this 8 week program that meets every Tuesday.  

Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating Author Talk and Book Signing by Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN, CDE

Monday, September 21, 6 p.m.

August 13, 2015
Media Contact:  Sirie Thongchua
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
831-646-5632 / thongchu@monterey.org
www.monterey.org/library
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local columnist and author Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN, CDE, will discuss her latest book, Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating.  In this lecture you will learn how to decipher perplexing information about diets and eating. Quinn will address current nutrition topics such as “what is normal eating” and “what’s not true about weight loss products”.  Quinn is a practicing registered dietitian, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.  She writes a weekly column, “Quinn on Nutrition”, which appears in the Monterey County Herald and is distributed worldwide.  Quinn’s books can be purchased at the lecture and she will be available to sign books.  This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee.  Adults are invited to attend.  Admission is free, and reservations are required.  Call (831) 646-5632 or email thongchu@monterey.org.  The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.

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Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating Author Talk and Book Signing by Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN, CDE

Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating Author Talk and Book Signing by Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN, CDE

Monday, September 21, 6 p.m.

In this lecture you will learn how to decipher perplexing information about diets and eating. Quinn will address current nutrition topics such as “what is normal eating” and “what’s not true about weight loss products”.  Quinn is a practicing registered dietitian, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.  She writes a weekly column, “Quinn on Nutrition”, which appears in the Monterey County Herald and is distributed worldwide.  Quinn’s books can be purchased at the lecture and she will be available to sign books.  This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee.  Adults are invited to attend.  Admission is free, and reservations are required.  Call (831) 646-5632 or email thongchu@monterey.org.  The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.

Biography:

Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN, CDE is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with the Diabetes and Nutrition Therapy program at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Quinn has specialized training in pediatric obesity and is a certified Health and Wellness coach.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in food science and nutrition from Colorado State University.  Quinn is the author of Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating, Westbow Press, 2015.  Her other books include “The Diabetes DTOUR Diet” and “The Diabetes DTOUR Diet Cookbook,” Rodale Press, 2009-2010.  Quinn lives in Carmel Valley, California. 

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