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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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Dec 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ladies-book-club, top-picks-2012
Read from December 28, 2011 to January 22, 2012

Erik Larson-author of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS-intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

I had a hard time getting started--non-fiction is intimidating to me. And even after I started, I wanted to take it in relatively small segments so that I could focus and retain as much as possible, which I suppose is why I tend not to read much non-fiction. But this book is truly a masterpiece. I was so impressed by Larson's overt enthusiasm and passion for his subject, the depth of research, and the intricate story-telling. It's the kind of book that brings history to life and makes it relevant, even when a subject like the World's Fair wouldn't seem that fascinating at the outset. Larson is a wonderful writer and historian and there are many, many images from this book that will stay with me. I can't wait to read In the Garden of Beasts and look forward to whatever he does in the future.


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