Monday, October 3, 2011
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
Remember how I wrote that I regularly hear about good books from the three Emilys that read this blog? Well, this book was recommended by one of those Emilys, but she hasn't read the book. Her parents and sister recommended it to her, and she then recommended it to me, but she has yet to read it herself.
So I guess I also take recommendations from your mothers, fathers, and siblings even if you haven't read the book. Keep sending those book recommendations (and those of your parents)! I love hearing about what others are reading and enjoying.
This non-fiction book tells the story of two men - Daniel Burnham, the architect of Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer also in Chicago who preyed on young women. Reading about the fair and everything that went into the planning and building of the grounds (and Ferris wheel) of the World's Fair was very interesting albeit stressful because of all of the deadlines and rushing. Reading about Holmes' meticulous planning, premeditated murders, and disposal of bodies was disturbing. I kept asking myself, "This really happened?"
Fascinating, kinda gross, but definitely a book that captured my attention.
Posted by Elaine at 9:40 AM