“Beasts” Continues to Growl: Over 500,000 Copies Now in Print; Hadassah Magazine Names it Number One Jewish Bestseller

My good friend, and very competitive fellow tennis player, Rabbi Jim Mirel, passed on to me a copy of the August/September issue of Hadassah Magazine, the magazine for Jewish women, in which In the Garden of Beasts is ranked the Number 1 nonfiction book in a list of “Ten Jewish Best Sellers.” Which is lovely news. Thank you Hadassah!

Meanwhile, my publisher informs me that Beasts achieved a landmark: 500,000 copies in print.  So a big thank you to YOU, my loyal readers. And a thank you, also, to all of you who have tried to help me out of the “Dark Country of No Ideas,” with your suggestions for what to do for my next book. I do feel I’m getting closer, though I’ve killed off at least a dozen reasonable ideas. I even thought about writing about Magellan and the first circumnavigation of the globe–until I remembered how bored the explorers always made me feel when we studied them in grade school. 



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Erik Larson is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, which examines how Winston Churchill and his “Secret Circle” went about surviving the German air campaign of 1940-41. Erik’s The Devil in the White City is set to be a Hulu limited series; his In the Garden of Beasts is under option by Tom Hanks, for a feature film. He recently published an audio-original ghost story, No One Goes Alone, which has been optioned by Netflix. Erik lives in Manhattan with his wife, who is a writer and retired neonatologist; they have three grown daughters.

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