Tuesday, September 4, 2012

TBR Tuesday #4

*I had to fix my TBR tuesday and Wishlist Wednesday because I wasn't thinking :-)

TBR Tuesday: Hosted by Misty at The Book Rat. Showcasing all the books that are currently staring at you from your "Why aren't you reading me?" pile....


The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 10th 2004 by Vintage

Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor.

Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison.

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims.

Combining the stories of an architect and a killer in one book, mostly in alternating chapters, seems like an odd choice but it works. The magical appeal and horrifying dark side of 19th-century Chicago are both revealed through Larson's skillful writing. - John Moe

 I found this book at Goodwill for $1.00 and it was in perfect condition. I was so excited. I rarely find anything at Goodwill especially something that is in good condition (which I am a stickler about.)

The cover and the title was what really drew me to this book. I’m not sure why I haven’t picked this up yet. It is a little intimidating, there are over 450 pages and the print is rather small. I’m sure I will get to it eventually. I “plan” on going on a book buying ban at the beginning of 2013. My husband doesn’t like how many books I have on my TBR list.

Have you read this book?? What do you think of it?

What’s on your TBR list?

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