Monday, August 8, 2011

Devil in the White City

Just started reading Erik Larson's Devil in the White City 2 nights ago. Earlier this summer I read his book, In the Garden of Beasts, which I loved. Larson's style is information heavy. At times it's a little difficult to wade through. It's historical fiction-technically...I think. The facts are real. There's ample source material. Larson quotes Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, etc. The fiction comes in only to link the story together...It's more of a taking of liberties than it is fiction...I assume. In any case, the story takes place during the construction of the World's Fair in Chicago at the tail end of the 19th century.

I was telling my dad about the book and he asked why Chicago was being referred to as the 'white city'- no idea so far.

As a woman that lives alone this may be a poor choice for a bedtime read.

...More to come.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

upcoming titles...

i've been reading and not posting reviews so here's what's up and coming followed by a 1-3 rating. 1=i don't recommend it, 2=it was okay, 3=loved it, recommend it.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett, rating 3

I'll review this one in tandem with the movie review. Movie comes out Wednesday.

The Hangman's Daughter, rating 2

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, rating 3

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, rating 2

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, rating 3

The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain, rating 3

The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant, rating 3