Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Scouring Books: Devil in the White City

Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson

Originally published in 2003, this is just one of the books for which Erik Larson has become known, a classic work of historical nonfiction that cleverly traces the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 with a series of brutal murders that took place at the same time. I suspect some readers take a fair amount of solace in nonfiction when they find novels too difficult to choose, since popular books like this perform the very same functions (and the really interesting novels will combine fiction with nonfiction in imaginative ways). Larson is definitely a storyteller, which is exactly what this one's about. I don't read a lot of nonfiction, because much of it is this creative, so this is all the happier the exception.

Bookshelf status: read.

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