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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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DcSunshine
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I came for the murder mystery/ true crime element but I found myself far more interested in the history and story of the architecture. I don‘t know why I waited so long to read this.

RamsFan1963 I'm with you. I found the construction of the World's Faire much more interesting than the serial killer parts. 1mo
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Frasdawg
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I was looking forward to this book but was a little disappointed. I felt the book was more about the development of the World‘sFair and not as much about H. H. Holmes(which is why I bought it). I found his chapters interesting and wanting more, but VERY short. Learned some neat historical facts, so was not a complete loss.

RamsFan1963 @Frasdawg Funny, I was the exact opposite. I found the creation of the World's Faire endlessly fascinating and felt dragged down by the chapters dealing with H.H. Holmes and his house of horrors. Serial killers don't interest me I guess. 3mo
Frasdawg I found the Fair more interesting while it was operating. The first part kinda dragged on for me, but the second half was much better! 3mo
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dabbe
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I can see myself on the top of Ferris's wheel right now! I found this book to be fascinating; I never knew so much went into a world's fair, and what they had to do in the 1800s and what they had to endure is beyond staggering. Larson is a masterful storyteller with intense research to support his story. Larson does take some liberties with Holmes's story, but his theories make sense with all of the research he gathered.

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Cosmos_Moon
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My most recent audio… this was so good, and when I googled to look up some pictures, it looks like Scorsese making a movie with Keanu Reeves and Leonardo DiCaprio. I can‘t wait… I bet it will be so good! Psychotic murderer loose along with history of the construction of the Chicago World‘s Fair.

RamsFan1963 Who's playing the serial killer, Reeves or DeCaprio? 3mo
Cosmos_Moon @RamsFan1963 I think DiCaprio, and Reeves is playing the architect. 3mo
Cosmos_Moon @RamsFan1963 ooh, according to this GQ article Keanu is out. https://www.gq.com/story/devil-in-the-white-city-development-hell-todd-field-kea... They say the production is cursed, sort of like 3mo
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Livyer
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(April review)⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is not an easy read if you go in blind. The first few chapters were unbearable. I was not gonna give up so decided to do some research on the side to have a better understanding of what I was reading about. Well I went down the rabbit hole of "unrelated" topics..Tartarians, Rewriting of History, conspiracy theories... And more by the end I was in love, is not for everyone but i would recommend it.

RedCurly I have this for a few months now but I still haven't start to read. It seems heavy 3mo
Livyer @RkaVlgyi It is, I like finishing my books in 1to 4 days, this one took me almost two weeks. I had to take a break from reading afterwards too but i still think it was worth it. 3mo
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Eggs
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This NF account proves that the most insidious evil is perpetrated by real people…

#Evil #OminousOctober @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😱🖤☠️ 3mo
LKK526 @eggs. I read this book when it first came out and was absolutely riveted by the story. He is one of my favorite authors and have read everything he has written. 😀👍 3mo
Eggs @LKK526 Me too! He‘s amazing 3mo
LKK526 @eggs. I nagged my husband into reading it and he loved it too 3mo
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JoeMo
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This is my favorite work by Larson to this point. You have the wonder of the World‘s Fair and everything that went into planning for the event contrasted by the evil deeds of H.H. Holmes who left so many unfortunate victims in his wake.

#scarathlondailyprompt #victim #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

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booklover3258
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Bailedbailed

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/BObPm0FZDKA

Enjoy!

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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🙌🏻📚 5mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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I love watching true crime shows but I‘m not a big true crime reader 😬 This was the only true crime book I found in my library.

#TrueCrime 🩸#ArtfulAugust 🖌🖼🎨

#BookNerd 💙📚🤓

Eggs Great pick! 6mo
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Eggs
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Two of my favorite #truecrime stories - the devil one is chilling 🥶🫣😱

#artfulaugust @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

peaknit @JenReadsAlot and I did a Devil in the White City tour in Chicago, crazy to think this is based on a true story! I‘m looking forward to this movie or series, it should be creepy. 6mo
JenReadsAlot @peaknit That was so fun! I didn't know this was going to be a show. 6mo
Eggs @Tonton thanks for link-❤️Keanu❤️ 6mo
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Bklover
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From Book Riot

Well, this ought to be interesting! Wonder who will play Holmes? I may have to pull this out for a reread. It was sooo good!!

Cinfhen Ohhhhh!! I loved this book!!! You sent me a copy many moons ago!!!!! Im excited for this adaptation 🥰 6mo
vivastory I sort of wish Reeves was playing Holmes. I can't recall him ever playing a villain before. 6mo
AmyG Oh wow. I am excited for this, too. 6mo
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Bklover @Cinfhen Me too Cindy! 😘 6mo
suvata @Bklover me three 6mo
LauraJ Fingers crossed that they do the book justice 🤞🏼 6mo
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Jedi_Bruno
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Loved it! The main story is the building of the Chicago World‘s Fair along with the story of the serial killer H H Homes in the backdrop. Both stories fascinating. Very fun and approachable read.

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LoverOfLearning
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Loved the dualing timelines of this story and the realism and the chillingness of the writing.

An excellent historical fiction novel that is now being made into a TV show..... maybe with Keanu Reeves. Uhm yes please. 😏

#letterD #alphebetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

KathyWheeler I love this book — I came for the serial killer aspect but stayed for the architecture story. I didn‘t expect that at all. 6mo
LoverOfLearning @KathyWheeler perfect way to describe this book! 6mo
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Bklover
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#alphabetgame #letterD

Still in the number one spot- five ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What‘s your D @DarkMina @robinb @CrowCAH @CoffeeNBooks 😉

Cinfhen Great choice!!! 6mo
JenReadsAlot This would have been my 2nd pick! 6mo
robinb Thanks for the tag @Bklover ! 🤗 6mo
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CrowCAH Thanks for the tag; I‘ll make a post! 6mo
Bklover @Cinfhen ❤️❤️. 6mo
Bklover @JenReadsAlot it‘s a good one!😊 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 🖤📚 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Thanks for the tag! 6mo
DarkMina Great choice! 6mo
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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! 9mo
behudd @marleed he talked about that book tour stop last night! Cool you got to see him in person! 9mo
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. 9mo
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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. 10mo
MicrobeMom @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I agree 100%. I think this his best book. 10mo
wanderinglynn @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick it is very detail heavy. I ended up skimming those sections. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#Fair 🍿🥜 #SavvySettings 💚🍀

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Great book! 10mo
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lynneamch
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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. 10mo
Eggs Love Erik Larson books 📚 🥰 10mo
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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 1y
Larkken @EmilyRose that sounds like so much fun! I may just do that 🤩 1y
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TheSpineView
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Linsy 🖤🤍 1y
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Just.Linds
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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! 2y
Just.Linds @BookishMarginalia so agree!! I asked for extras😂🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
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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! 2y
Nute Your entire home state is a history lesson, Ms. Michele. So cool! (edited) 2y
eanderson This is seriously so interesting! Thank you for posting this. All the history and HH Holmes... he was nuts. 2y
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LeahBergen Cool! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson I frequently make jokes about bringing back executions when the store is particularly crowded. 😬 2y
vivastory This is awesome! 2y
TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 2y
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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!!! 📚🖤 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yeah true crime!! 2y
Crazeedi This was an excellent book, love the author 2y
Eggs @Crazeedi yes ❣️❣️ 2y
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SkeletonKey
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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!!! 2y
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? 2y
Annie1215 @emz711 I don‘t! But I‘d be so in to this 2y
Annie1215 @emz711 Omg! Will definitely watch lol 2y
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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. 2y
Crazeedi One of my favorite Larson books 2y
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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... 2y
Ephemera This is an excellent book. So interesting and informative about the Exposition. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I enjoyed this on audio. I hope you like it! 2y
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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!📚📚💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚 2y
AmyK1 @Gissy Thanks! 2y
marleed I read Long Petal of the Sea and Shanghai Girls both in 2020 - and really liked them. 2y
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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
@Clwojick

BethM You mean at some@point they sleep again?! 😂 merry Christmas! 2y
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍 Merry Christmas! 🎄🦕 2y
Leftcoastzen Adorable! 2y
emz711 Omg how much are you loving this book? Spooky and interesting! 2y
Eggs Merry Christmas 🎄 2y
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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 😊🎄🎅🎄🎅 2y
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Deblovestoread Merry Christmas, Vanessa! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay, good luck!!! 2y
TheSpineView 🎄📖📚 2y
FantasyChick Merry Christmas to you as well Debra!!! @Kdgordon88 😘 2y
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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. ☺️ 2y
eanderson @MicheleinPhilly ooo that‘s kind of creepy... 😅 Do they have anything hanging up that says anything about it? 2y
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! 2y
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. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Yes, there is an historical marker on the sidewalk outside. The next time I walk by I‘ll take a picture for you. 2y
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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. 2y
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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!! 2y
TEArificbooks This book got me into narrative nonfiction. Now I read nonfiction all the time. 2y
LibrarianRyan yeahhhh 2y
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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.