Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Great and uplifting film!

Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.


The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.

The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.

In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Reading Guide for The Garden of the Beasts

Here are some study questions for Larson’s The Garden of the Beasts.

1.       How would you rate Larson’s book?
2.       What circumstances led to Hitler’s power?
3.       How would you describe William Dodd’s character? Why?
4.       Why did Roosevelt initially not select Dodd as his German Ambassador?
5.       How did Dodd and his daughter view Hitler’s regime before and after their move                  to Berlin?
6.       Was William Dodd the right man for the job?  Why?  Why not?
7.       Did Martha have any admirable characteristics?  Was she a liability or an asset?
8.       What kept US politicians from getting more involved in WWII at an earlier point?
9.       Given the circumstances, could Dodd have done more to change the course of            history?
10.   Could history repeat itself in a similar manner today?  Where and why, or why not?
11.   What intrigued and disturbed you most about the historical period of the book?
12.   What would you like to know that was not answered in this book?
13.   Would this book be a good supplementary text for high school students?   Why?

For additional intriguing, corroborating, and gut wrenching details see:
Moorhouse, R. (2010). Berlin at war. NY: Basic Books.
Nagorski, A. (2012). Hitlerland: American eyewitnesses to the Nazi rise to power. NY: Simon & Schuster.

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