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The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America | Erik Larson
Erik Larsonauthor of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTSintertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 263.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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behudd
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Incredible having a book club discussion with author Erik Larson (writer of Devil in the White City & many more) hosted by Sharon McMahon (@sharonsaysso). Amazing!

marleed I saw him live on the Tuesday prior to the Covid shutdown (he flew from NYC to Chicago to Kansas City). On the way there my friend and wondered if the other heard of a possible pandemic. In the crowded, sold out room, Erik sat on stage and was incredibly aware of what his audience was not. No hand shaking or book signing. I think I should annotate in my book that it would have been signed if not for a raging pandemic! 3w
behudd @marleed he talked about that book tour stop last night! Cool you got to see him in person! 3w
marleed @behudd Haha. It had to be memorable for him. It was very apparent that he was freaked out a bit in the Chicago airport and worried about his wife (who could have imagined how incredibly true this concern was!) about his wife working in the NYC hospitals. 3w
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wanderinglynn
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Clearly, Larson throughly researched this book. He provides a clear contrast between the last years of the 19th century, the world‘s fair, and this serial killer.

Overall, not my cup of tea as I did think it got bogged down with details at times. But worth reading.

#bookspin

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I started this one physically but it was very detail heavy. I shifted to this on audio and it felt less clunky. 1mo
MicrobeMom @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I agree 100%. I think this his best book. 1mo
wanderinglynn @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick it is very detail heavy. I ended up skimming those sections. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#Fair 🍿🥜 #SavvySettings 💚🍀

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Great book! 2mo
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The White City is the Columbian Exposition designed by leading Gilded Age architects for the 1893 World''s #Fair in Chicago. The Devil is Dr. Henry H. Holmes, who designs a nearby hotel with a dissection table, a gas chamber, and a crematorium. Yikes! These true stories are woven into Larson's best. Pic of Holmes Medical Museum above The Book Exchange in Foley, AL is NOT about the same man. #SavvySettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

jlhammar Love Erik Larson! Fantastic book. 2mo
Eggs Love Erik Larson books 📚 🥰 2mo
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Cheshirecat913
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This is my 2nd book by Larson and I will completely read anything by him. His ability to write a compelling narrative laced with well researched history is magnificent.

I would have loved to seen the Chicago World Fair. It sounded like such a visual feast. I quite enjoyed reading about how it came about. The other side of the story, was chilling to know a man like Holmes stalked the world.

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Larkken
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I started this for #scarathlon last month, and am only now finishing it. So interesting! Larson is as great as expected at bringing this rather complicated time in Chicago history to life. It‘s been on my TBR for a while, and I‘m glad I finally went for it! H. H. Holmes is as creepy as thought he might be 🔪 and now I want to do some touristing and see what‘s left from the Chicago World Fair 🏨🏛

EmilyRose If you visit Chicago after reading this, I should connect you with my sister. She LOVES the Chicago World's Fair and could probably recommend cool or little-known things to do and see 6mo
Larkken @EmilyRose that sounds like so much fun! I may just do that 🤩 6mo
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TheSpineView
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Linsy 🖤🤍 7mo
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Lindsay.Butier
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Book haul🎉 did you know Amazon has stores that are called Amazon 4 star??? They have amazing deals regardless (like buy 2 get 1 50% off) but if you‘re a prime member it‘s an extra 30% off. I was V excited this am, also finally picked up devil in the white city which I‘ve heard rave reviews on

BookishMarginalia Love the bookmarks! 11mo
Lindsay.Butier @BookishMarginalia so agree!! I asked for extras😂🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Elisabeth, I realized yesterday when I walked by it that I never took that photo I promised you. So here it is! This historical marker sits outside of my local Acme grocery store. 😱

Leftcoastzen Wow, Interesting! 12mo
Nute Your entire home state is a history lesson, Ms. Michele. So cool! (edited) 12mo
eanderson This is seriously so interesting! Thank you for posting this. All the history and HH Holmes... he was nuts. 12mo
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LeahBergen Cool! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson I frequently make jokes about bringing back executions when the store is particularly crowded. 😬 12mo
vivastory This is awesome! 12mo
TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 12mo
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Eggs
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Murders, motives and madness surrounded the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago. The eponymous “devil” (H. H. Holmes) was a cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.
#manipulates #maycharacters @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds creepy!!! 📚🖤 12mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yeah true crime!! 12mo
Crazeedi This was an excellent book, love the author 12mo
Eggs @Crazeedi yes ❣️❣️ 12mo
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Current audiobook. Some true crime this morning.

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Annie1215
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I finally finished! This one has been a slow burn for me - a few chapters every night all month for #lmpbc

Some parts about the fair went on too long but the content was fantastic and so often I couldn‘t believe it was real. I need a full book on H.H. Holmes now! A great pick!

And luckily this gives me a THIRD bingo for #bookspinbingo this month!

I‘ll be mailing this out this weekend @Bookishlie

TheAromaofBooks Fabulous progress!!! 1y
emz711 So spooky! I watched a doc on hh holmes but it wasn't great. We'll just have to wait for this movie to come out. Do you know who's playing him? 1y
Annie1215 @emz711 I don‘t! But I‘d be so in to this 1y
Annie1215 @emz711 Omg! Will definitely watch lol 1y
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AmyK1
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This was really interesting and I loved reading more about Chicago‘s history. Some of the planning of the World‘s Fair was a bit boring but the chapters about Holmes and his activities were...disturbing and hard to put down. Overall this was a really good read.

Suet624 Larson never disappoints. 1y
Crazeedi One of my favorite Larson books 1y
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AmyK1
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“How easy it was to disappear: A thousand trains a day entered or left Chicago.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Annie1215
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Committing to this as my “before bed book” to get it done for #lmpbc

I have to get through this and A Tale of Two Cities for read-alongs and I‘m hoping to get through an additional 3 before the end of the month.

Here‘s hoping my work load allows 🤞🏻😬

melissajayne Be prepared to being creeped out in sections; you might want to read it not just before you go to bed... 1y
Ephemera This is an excellent book. So interesting and informative about the Exposition. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I enjoyed this on audio. I hope you like it! 1y
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jphogan94
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Great read, especially if you‘re interested in learning more about Chicago history and architecture. The dichotomy of one man‘s life committed to building and another‘s to destroying was powerful.

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rsteve388
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I did it! I finished another book in 2020! Before the stroke of midnight. This book was interesting and the author does a great job of ensuring the reader stays enticed in the story by leaving little clues as to what will happen next. Overall an enjoyable read. I'll be mailing this on Saturday. #LMPBC #TrueCrime.

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AmyK1
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My day after Christmas thrift shopping #bookhaul.

Gissy Nice haul!📚📚💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚 1y
AmyK1 @Gissy Thanks! 1y
marleed I read Long Petal of the Sea and Shanghai Girls both in 2020 - and really liked them. 1y
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FantasyChick
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Happy Christmas Litsy world 🎄🎅🎄

I unplugged for the day but I did manage to finish my #audiobook for this. I have a semi-unhealthy obsession with H.H. Holmes so I don't know why I couldn't get into this before but the audiobook really helped me get through my Christmas preparations. Highly recommend 👍

#WinterGames #MerryReaders #TBRRead #listenlitten #crushtherush #dashingdecember #24B4Monday (has that started yet?) #wintersolstice

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FantasyChick
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It's time to sleep and wait for Santa to come so this little Christmas Dinosaur is saying Good Night and Merry Christmas to all the #Littens out there 🎄🎅

I'm off to get my pies in the oven and the veggies prepped for tomorrow. Can't wait for the bright and early morning 🥰

#WinterGames #MerryReaders
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BethM You mean at some@point they sleep again?! 😂 merry Christmas! 1y
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍 Merry Christmas! 🎄🦕 1y
Leftcoastzen Adorable! 1y
emz711 Omg how much are you loving this book? Spooky and interesting! 1y
Eggs Merry Christmas 🎄 1y
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FantasyChick
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Happy Christmas Eve!!

Today I go nuts getting my last minute cookies made to be delivered later, running a final clean before the people come tomorrow for dinner and (probably) braving the stores for anything I forgot. It's going to be a day but at least I have an #audiobook to get me through!

#WinterGames #MerryReaders #bookspinbingo #listenlitten #readyourway #crushtherush #dashingdecember #wintersolstice

@Clwojick @Andrew65 @Bookgoil

Andrew65 Good #audiobooking 😊🎄🎅🎄🎅 1y
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Kdgordon88 Merry Christmas, Vanessa! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay, good luck!!! 1y
TheSpineView 🎄📖📚 1y
FantasyChick Merry Christmas to you as well Debra!!! @Kdgordon88 😘 1y
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eanderson
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Interesting listen 🎧 would have loved to hear more about HH Holmes and not as much as the architecture planning for the World‘s Fair. It was a near so-so for me but it still had some fascinating facts about Holmes... like he chose his last name after Sherlock Holmes. 😳

MicheleinPhilly My local grocery store is the site of the prison where he was executed. ☺️ 1y
eanderson @MicheleinPhilly ooo that‘s kind of creepy... 😅 Do they have anything hanging up that says anything about it? 1y
Jeannineth @eanderson I love this story and it will be on my top 10 of the year. I kinda agree about the world Fair info dump but also felt it added to the story in an interesting way. It was a very creepy read. Hard to believe it‘s true! 1y
eanderson @Jeannineth so true! I also feel like it helps show how they almost created the perfect storm. With so many people in and out of the fair, it‘s not shocking people going missing wasn‘t high on the notice list. 1y
MicheleinPhilly Yes, there is an historical marker on the sidewalk outside. The next time I walk by I‘ll take a picture for you. 1y
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eanderson
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Getting around to this audiobook. 😀

rsteve388 This is on my table I need to start reading it! I am.so.behind. 1y
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Morrowal
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This book took longer than expected to read. While I found some parts very interesting and engaging there were a lot of parts that left me uninterested. The writing itself is very good, it‘s simply not a book that held my interest.

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Andorsey
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Must read for anyone in Chicago

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Finished this audio while jigsaw puzzling this afternoon. What a fascinating story! While the story of the Chicago Worlds Fair is impressive, I was drawn more to the story of the psychopath murderer who used the Fair as a cover for his terrible crimes. #readmyowndamnbooks #rorygilmorechallenge #bookspinbingo #bbrc #yeahbaby #characterwithmentalillness

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
mdm139 This book got me into narrative nonfiction. Now I read nonfiction all the time. 1y
LibrarianRyan yeahhhh 1y
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CharlesSwann
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Fascinating history of a Chicago serial killer in 1893

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jenniferw88
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Post 5 of 5!

Non-fiction #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Jeannineth
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Interesting.

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Lynnsoprano
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I don‘t know how long this has been sitting on my bookshelf, but I‘ve finally picked it up for my nonfiction read. Liking it so far.

Amiable I loved this book! 2y
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LaurenMags
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I love the city of Chicago and wanted to read a creepy book for October. I was not disappointed. I loved learning about what went into creating the World's fair and I was very creeped out about the story of the serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Excellent story telling for a non-fiction book.

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https://www.luulit.com/product/the-devil-in-the-white-city-murder-magic-and-madn...

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition...

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WOWreader
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MonthlyBookClub Got your entry for check-in 11! 2y
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WOWreader
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MonthlyBookClub Got your entry for check-in 10! 2y
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MonthlyBookClub Entered💚💚💚 2y
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magyklyXdelish
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Mehso-so

I‘ve never been a fan of non fiction unless it‘s to do with crime and serial killers so that‘s why I thought this would be a safe bet. It‘s very well informed and well researched and well written. However I found myself bored and skimming and again that‘s just because I‘m not a huge non fiction fan.

This was my #Bookspin book and the third I‘ve read for #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I had this on my shelf for years and finally listened to it instead. Audio was a good fit for this. I can see hote the book would be tedious with some of the architectural descriptions. 2y
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magyklyXdelish
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As a huge Cubs fan and someone who would frequent Wrigley, this is totally something you would hear at a cubs/cards game 😂😂 this made me laugh

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magyklyXdelish
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Found this on ThriftBooks for only 4 bux and it‘s my #bookspin book

I‘ve struck out with the last 2 ARCs I‘ve read so lets move to physical books

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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Almost finished with this. It‘s been on my TBR for years, it only took quarantine from a global pandemic for me to get to it!
I rarely read NF & I have found that I‘ve picked it up less than I would a fiction book but it‘s really interesting & I‘ve fallen down several Wikipedia rabbit holes looking in more detail at things mentioned in the book.
So time to get it finished with a nice bit of chocolate!

Crazeedi Larson is a great author for NF. This was an excellent book. My favorite of his is 2y
melissajayne There is speculation is that H. H. Holmes was Jack the Ripper. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It's a relief that I'm not the only person who fell down the Wikipedia rabbit hole while reading this one! 😁 2y
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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During lockdown, I‘ve spent a lot less money as I‘m not at work so not buying lunches and can‘t meet friends so no coffees etc. However, one look at my bank statement shows where my spending has increased......books! Particularly kindle books as they‘re so easy to read when I‘m up feeding the baby at night!
I‘ve probably got enough books to see me through to 2030 at this point so I‘m going to *try* and implement a book buying ban for June. Ha!

JamieArc The same happened for me! I actually wasn‘t able to focus enough to read much, but I did a lot of buying and justified it by wanting to support local bookstores and the fact that I wasn‘t spending as much money on eating out/gas/other entertainment. 2y
LoveToReadLiveToRead @JamieArc I had the same problems with focus at the start but got over it with some really easy reads. And that all sounds like perfectly reasonable justification to me! 😃 2y
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Texreader
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Oops! I missed a day, so this is one of two for today...

Day 6: I‘m following the idea to post a book from my tbr list from @StaceyKondla and @Cortg

No description or reason for wanting to read it is necessary if you want to join along. #tbrpile

Cortg I listened to this audio last month 😀 2y
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Biblionut
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This started out strong for me then after awhile I got mired down in all the details, it took some time for me to finish it. Still though, it‘s a fascinating story.

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Sleepswithbooks
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Spent a quiet weekend with friends....

#Bookandablanket #Litsylove #Booklover #Mailboxsunshine

UwannaPublishme 🤗❤️ 2y
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Aims42
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Not my favorite Erik Larson book, but still a very interesting read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Cortg
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In some ways, this World Fair was a shit show of a disaster but in other ways it led the way to so much that America was on the brink of discovering and becoming. And then there was serial killer H.H. Holmes and his roll in the fair.
I really needed a pen and paper to keep track of all the people and now that I‘m familiar with the story, I may have to go back and do a re-listen at some point because there were a ton of people discussed.

Sleepswithbooks I just started this one!! 2y
Cortg @Stacypatrice I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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LitTraveler
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I am really quite behind on my reviews/posts on here and there‘s no excuse for it. Since I only write in my journal the ones that I absolutely loved, I need to at least record the rest.
Not to say that I didn‘t enjoy this book! I really did; very interesting about the World‘s Fair and H. H. Holmes. To be honest I picked up the book because of Holmes, but I liked the parallels Larson drew between the two plot points.