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

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series:The Hill Country Authors Series will feature Air National Guard major MJ Hegar on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the library. She is author of Shoot Like a Girl and we will be discussing her novel at the event. Please help us publicize this fund raising event and plan to join us at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St. The doors will open at 1:30 for a delicious dessert from the Red Poppy Cafe, with the talk beginning at 2 PM. Tickets will be available for $15 beginning April 2 at Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library and online at They may be purchased at the door for $18 on the day of the event.


Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. 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.

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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