Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Reading: The Devil in the White City

A few years ago, I was on a buy books binge and found this one on sale at a Barnes & Noble. I was drawn to it because it's based in true events, in true stories, but I didn't expect it to be spectacular.

Boy, was I wrong.

Since then, I've raved about this book to anyone who brings up wanting something new to read. It was absolutely amazing—the detail, the story structure, the patching of holes in the true story so subtly. Then today I came across NPR's List of Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers for June 30 only to discover that the book I had purchased on a whim years ago is still being discovered and loved by new readers today!

So, here's my assessment: buy The Devil in the White City and read it. You'll learn a lot about that time period, about the city of Chicago (do you know why it's call the Windy City? Not because it's windy!), and the effect the World Fair had on the world of the time, all while following a story line that is both intriguing and entertaining.

Truly, a great read.

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