Rebecca McNutt's Reviews > To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire

To Sleep with the Angels by David Cowan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: history, non-fiction, true-crime

This was an incredibly tragic book, and up until recently I'd never even heard anything about the 1958 Our Lady of the Angels School Fire, or the number of people who lost their lives in it. Maybe because it's not recent history, but with such a high death toll of children it's a bit odd that this is one of the few books to actually discuss it in detail while also giving a voice to grieving survivors and the community which had to endure the devastating loss. Without sensationalizing or mocking the tragedy, To Sleep with the Angels brings readers back to a simpler time where suddenly things weren't so simple, and a time where hell on earth struck a small piece of heaven, taking the lives of numerous children and three nuns as well.

Detailed and accurate without being graphic or gory, To Sleep with the Angels explores the aftermath and impact of a disaster which has largely been forgotten in modern America, and raises the necessary question which has never been answered - who set the fire, and why?
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
May 9, 2019 – Shelved
May 9, 2019 – Shelved as: history
May 9, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
May 9, 2019 – Shelved as: true-crime
May 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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