Dusty Book: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

John Berendt’s lush, gossipy Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a game-changer when it came out in the late ’90s. The narrative was so strong in this nonfiction, that our patrons kept looking for it in the fiction stacks and discussing the “characters” they liked the most. This true crime travelogue uses bon vivant antiques dealer Jim Williams’ four trials for the murder of his 21-year-old “assistant” to introduce the reader to the many layers of Savannah society–the town’s “old guard,” nouveau riche, ladies card clubs, drag queens, and voodoo priestesses. A Gatsby-esque grotesque, this southern tell-all deserves to stick around.

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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  1. bspratford@hotmail.com' Becky says:

    I second this suggestion. We dusted this book off for our December 2009 book discussion and it was a big hit. Here is the link to what we talked about: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2009/12/bpl-book-discussion-midnight-in-garden.html

    The discussion also inspired a few trips to Savannah in the last coupe of years.

  2. I find it interesting that you have this listed! I read it years ago, was at an estate sale this past week, saw a copy and picked it up. I am looking forward to reading it again.

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