Tuesday, July 22, 2008

an iubookgirl favorite

I'm hoping to make "an iubookgirl favorite" a regular feature of this blog. Here's the first installment.

One of my all-time favorite books is Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. Larson is a master of turning history into a fictive narrative. His last two books have featured the intertwining a great mystery with an event of historical significance. In The Devil in the White City, Larson pairs the 1893 World's Fair with the search for a murderer who preyed on those who flocked to Chicago for the Fair. His prose is artful and continues to draw you into this 19th-century moment. Being a Midwesterner, the familiarity of the locales made it all the more interesting for me. If you love history, but sometimes lament the dry narrative that often goes with its telling, The Devil in the White City is for you.

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