Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Book
Score: 3.5
From 166 Ratings

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author : John Berendt
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-05-12
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307538376

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Elegant and wicked.... [This] might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime." —The New York Times Book Review Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Book

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • Author : Marilyn J. Bardsley
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Release Date : 2012-12-14
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9780795333439

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Excerpt :

The #1 Wall Street Journal ebook bestseller about the murder that shocked Savannah society and inspired the blockbuster film. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. But three decades of hard work came crashing down the night he shot Danny Hansford, his wild young lover. Jim Williams stood trial four times over the next decade for premeditated murder. While Clint Eastwood’s movie—starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law—and the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, they missed the surprising dark side of Jim Williams himself. He was a smooth predator whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before the death of Danny Hansford. After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is Marilyn Bardsley’s continuation of the story, which includes crucial testimony recreating the courtroom drama between a gifted prosecutor and a brilliant defense attorney as they battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat. More than forty photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story. “[A] provocative summer read.” —Savannahnow.com

The City of Falling Angels Book
Score: 3.5
From 67 Ratings

The City of Falling Angels

  • Author : John Berendt
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-09-26
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 0143036939

The City of Falling Angels Excerpt :

A #1 New York Times Bestseller! "Funny, insightful, illuminating . . ." —The Boston Globe Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt's first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.

Nancy Hillis  The Vamp of Savannah Book

Nancy Hillis The Vamp of Savannah

  • Author : Nancy Lee Hillis
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Release Date : 2015-11-19
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9781460279700

Nancy Hillis The Vamp of Savannah Excerpt :

Filled with intrigue and juicy stories, The Vamp of Savannah tells the story of one of Savannah's most colorful characters, Ms. Nancy Hillis. Now with ALS, Miss Hillis is telling the real story of Mandy Nichols, her character in the best selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. From her partnership with the piano playing, loving scoundrel Joe Odom in Sweet Georgia Browns, the hot jazz club in Savannah, Georgia; to her escapades with Minerva, the Voodoo Priestess; to her reign as a national beauty queen; and her heartbreaking dealings with the molestation of her son; Nancy tells it all--the good and not so good. You will laugh, cry and be amazed to read the story of this remarkable woman whose motto is "never, never, never give up."

My Baby Blue Jays Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

My Baby Blue Jays

  • Author : John Berendt
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-06-09
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101643693

My Baby Blue Jays Excerpt :

A blue jay building a nest outside his window prompts John Berendt to find his camera and record the familiar, yet always fascinating sequence of events that will unfold, from eggs being laid to chicks emerging and trying to fly. Children and adults alike will be astonished at the adventurous spirit of one particularly curious young blue jay as he ventures into the world. The author of the best-selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil brings his narrative skill to this up-close and delightfully informal account of an event that recurs each spring.

Magic Pickle and the Garden of Evil Book

Magic Pickle and the Garden of Evil

  • Author : Scott Morse
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2013-07-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545300223

Magic Pickle and the Garden of Evil Excerpt :

Something rotten has taken root! But what they unearth is a pretty rotten bunch! That gnarly old lettuce head, The Romaine Gladiator, rises from the garden patch with dastardly plans to reunite the Brotherhood of Evil Produce! Can the Magic Pickle make a knuckle sandwich out of those notorious no-good veggies before their seeds of destruction destroy the world?

Coraline Book
Score: 4
From 319 Ratings


  • Author : Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2009-11-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408808191

Coraline Excerpt :

When a young girl ventures through a hidden door, she finds another life with shocking similarities to her own. Coraline has moved to a new house with her parents and she is fascinated by the fact that their 'house' is in fact only half a house! Divided into flats years before, there is a brick wall behind a door where once there was a corridor. One day it is a corridor again and the intrepid Coraline wanders down it. And so a nightmare-ish mystery begins that takes Coraline into the arms of counterfeit parents and a life that isn't quite right. Can Coraline get out? Can she find her real parents? Will life ever be the same again?

An Innocent Abroad Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

An Innocent Abroad

  • Author : John Berendt
  • Publisher : Lonely Planet
  • Release Date : 2014-11-01
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781743605899

An Innocent Abroad Excerpt :

More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives. Contributors include Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Smiley. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

The School for Good and Evil Book
Score: 3.5
From 59 Ratings

The School for Good and Evil

  • Author : Soman Chainani
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-05-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062104915

The School for Good and Evil Excerpt :

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL will soon be a major motion picture from Netflix—starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Earl Cave, Kit Young, and more! The New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Start here to follow Sophie, Agatha, and everyone at school from the beginning! With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are? Don't miss the thrilling conclusion to the beloved series, The School for Good and Evil #6: One True King!

Buildings of Savannah Book

Buildings of Savannah

  • Author : Robin B. Williams
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-12
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0813937442

Buildings of Savannah Excerpt :

The most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date guide to the city's architecture covering some 350 buildings, landscapes, monuments, squares and parks, enhanced by 175 photographs and 21 maps makes this title the essential resource for tourists, architects and residents alike.

A Year in Provence Book
Score: 3.5
From 2,514 Ratings

A Year in Provence

  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-05-19
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307755490

A Year in Provence Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

Boss Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings


  • Author : Mike Royko
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1988-10-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780452261679

Boss Excerpt :

"The best book ever written about an American city, by the best journalist of his time.”— Jimmy Breslin New edition of the classic story of the late Richard J. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago’s South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine. A bare-all account of Daley’s cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements, this scathing work by Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time: his laissez-faire policy toward corruption, his unique brand of public relations, and the widespread influence that earned him the epithet of “king maker.” The politician, the machine, the city—Royko reveals all with witty insight and unwavering honesty, in this incredible portrait of the last of the backroom Caesars. New edition includes an Introduction in which the author reflects on Daley’s death and the future of Chicago.

The Alienist  TNT Tie in Edition  Book
Score: 4
From 116 Ratings

The Alienist TNT Tie in Edition

  • Author : Caleb Carr
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2017-11-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525510277

The Alienist TNT Tie in Edition Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A TNT ORIGINAL SERIES • “A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.”—Entertainment Weekly “Caleb Carr’s rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.”—The Detroit News When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere. The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over. Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences. Praise for The Alienist “[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.”—The Washington Post Book World “Mesmerizing.”—Detroit Free Press “The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thriller—way beyond. . . . A remarkable combination of historical nove

Summary and Analysis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil  A Savannah Story Book

Summary and Analysis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story

  • Author : Worth Books
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504044714

Summary and Analysis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story Excerpt :

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tells you what you need to know—before or after you read John Berendt’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Profiles of the main characters What’s what in Savannah Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt: John Berendt’s engrossing bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tells the story of his time spent in Savannah, Georgia. Berendt didn’t just observe the city’s lovely locales and its quirky characters—he also became immersed in a murder case that would shock and fascinate much of Georgia. Part true crime saga, part travel diary, part reportage, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a suspenseful, sharply observed account of Berendt’s sojourns in Savannah and the murder trial of one if its socialites. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Savannah Renaissance Book

Savannah Renaissance

  • Author : Lee Adler
  • Publisher : Wyrick
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 99
  • ISBN 10 : 0941711692

Savannah Renaissance Excerpt :

"This is the story of how one city and a handful of dedicated citizens turned a genteel antebellum city into one of America's greatest urban success stories. Having survived more than 260 years of wars, hurricanes, and the Great Depression, Savannah was a prime target for a more subtle and elusive enemy—the threat of losing its identity as a result of poorly conceived civic projects that placed no emphasis on retention of the classical city plan and its component architectural elements. This account shows how a few citizens worked individually and in newly formed organizations to redefine what they viewed as inappropriate urban planning for their city. It is also a story of the early days of the historic preservation movement, when few people valued the worth of a city by its historic and ethnic neighborhoods and the ability of these historic districts to create an urban environment that was economically viable."