Erik Larson

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Erik Larson’s latest work of narrative nonfiction is DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA, which became an immediate New York Times bestseller. His saga of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won an Edgar Award for fact-crime writing, and lingered on various NYT best-seller lists for the better part of a decade. Hulu plans to adapt the book for a limited TV series, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese as executive producers. Erik’s IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, about America’s first ambassador to Nazi Germany and his daughter, has been optioned by Tom Hanks for development as a feature film.

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Rosie and Don

Just finished reading Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, and loved it. I can't describe the plot, because to do so would be to give away too much of the essential character of the book. Suffice it to say, the story is charming. It's a brisk read that'll take just a few hours of your time, yet leave you seeing the world through protagonist Don Tillman's eyes for days afterward.

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“It was so easy to disappear, so easy to deny knowledge, so very easy in the smoke and din to mask that something dark had taken root. This was Chicago, on the eve of the greatest fair in history.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City

“I must confess a shameful secret: I love Chicago best in the cold.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City

“I was born with the devil in me,' [Holmes] wrote. 'I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”
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