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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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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 4w
Larkken @EmilyRose that sounds like so much fun! I may just do that 🤩 2w
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TheSpineView
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Linsy 🖤🤍 1mo
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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! 5mo
Lindsay.Butier @BookishMarginalia so agree!! I asked for extras😂🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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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! 7mo
Nute Your entire home state is a history lesson, Ms. Michele. So cool! (edited) 7mo
eanderson This is seriously so interesting! Thank you for posting this. All the history and HH Holmes... he was nuts. 7mo
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LeahBergen Cool! 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson I frequently make jokes about bringing back executions when the store is particularly crowded. 😬 7mo
vivastory This is awesome! 7mo
TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 7mo
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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!!! 📚🖤 7mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yeah true crime!! 7mo
Crazeedi This was an excellent book, love the author 7mo
Eggs @Crazeedi yes ❣️❣️ 7mo
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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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Pickpick

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!!! 10mo
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? 10mo
Annie1215 @emz711 I don‘t! But I‘d be so in to this 10mo
emz711 @Annie1215 LEO! 10mo
Annie1215 @emz711 Omg! Will definitely watch lol 10mo
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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. 10mo
Crazeedi One of my favorite Larson books 10mo
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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... 11mo
Ephemera This is an excellent book. So interesting and informative about the Exposition. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I enjoyed this on audio. I hope you like it! 11mo
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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!📚📚💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚 11mo
AmyK1 @Gissy Thanks! 11mo
marleed I read Long Petal of the Sea and Shanghai Girls both in 2020 - and really liked them. 11mo
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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! 11mo
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍 Merry Christmas! 🎄🦕 11mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable! 11mo
emz711 Omg how much are you loving this book? Spooky and interesting! 11mo
Eggs Merry Christmas 🎄 11mo
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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 😊🎄🎅🎄🎅 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Mmm cookies! 11mo
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Kdgordon88 Merry Christmas, Vanessa! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay, good luck!!! 11mo
TheSpineView 🎄📖📚 11mo
FantasyChick Merry Christmas to you as well Debra!!! @Kdgordon88 😘 11mo
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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. ☺️ 12mo
eanderson @MicheleinPhilly ooo that‘s kind of creepy... 😅 Do they have anything hanging up that says anything about it? 12mo
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! 12mo
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. 12mo
MicheleinPhilly Yes, there is an historical marker on the sidewalk outside. The next time I walk by I‘ll take a picture for you. 12mo
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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. 12mo
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Morrowal
Mehso-so

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!! 12mo
mdm139 This book got me into narrative nonfiction. Now I read nonfiction all the time. 12mo
LibrarianRyan yeahhhh 12mo
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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

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 13mo
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Jeannineth
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Pickpick

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! 13mo
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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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Luulit
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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! 1y
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WOWreader
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MonthlyBookClub Got your entry for check-in 10! 1y
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WOWreader
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MonthlyBookClub Entered💚💚💚 1y
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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!!! 1y
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. 1y
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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 1y
melissajayne There is speculation is that H. H. Holmes was Jack the Ripper. 1y
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! 😁 1y
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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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Mehso-so

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.

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Aims42
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Who says you shouldn‘t put your feet on the back of the sofa? Psssh! I‘m in 7th Heaven; 70 degree temps today, some sun, a walk, and now some reading time ☺️

ozma.of.oz Sounds like a good day! 2y
Aims42 @ozma.of.oz It was! ❤️ 2y
Thousand-Lives I spy a typewriter! Love it. 2y
Aims42 @Thousand-Lives Thank you! It was my grandmother‘s. When she moved from her house to a condo, I gave it a good home ☺️ I love it too! 2y
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Morrowal
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This will be my second attempt at reading this book. My first attempt was in January 2020. Hopefully with so much free time on my hands due to #quarantine I‘ll be able to focus. As with many readers I thought this book would focus more on the serial killers than the architecture which has made it hard for me to focus when attempting to read this book.

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Jenken1998
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I enjoyed this nonfiction read (on audio). A dense historical read that tells the story of Chicago's World Fair of 1893 and the serial killer who used the fair as his killing ground.

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EadieB
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Book 5 of #7Books7Days of books that profoundly affected me. This book introduced me to Erik Larson, an excellent writer who combines meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling. I have loved all his books!

Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines 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.

mdm139 This book introduced me to good narrative nonfiction. Before this I never read nonfiction, now I read it all the time 2y
EadieB @mdm139 I know! It is one that can charge your reading habits! 2y
LoverOfLearning This is an excellent book! So well-written it was capturing. 2y
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EadieB @LoverOfLearning I love his writing! I sent him an email and told him and he answered and thanked me. So nice! 2y
LoverOfLearning @EadieB wow! How cool! 2y
EadieB @LoverOfLearning Yes! I never thought he would answer. I told him we listened to the audio book on our drive to Assateague where we have a beach house and he said that he had taken his daughters there to see the ponies. 2y
LoverOfLearning @EadieB That is amazing! He seems like a wonderful guy! 2y
EadieB @LoverOfLearning Yes! I was surprised that he took the time to say all that he did! 2y
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HaleyG14
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I liked this book but I think I had anticipated reading it for so long that when I finally did it left something to be desired. I‘m not sure if maybe my expectations were too high. I did really enjoy learning about how the Worlds Fair was brought together.

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Jenken1998
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Up first . I am still making my way through this! #deweysreadathon #deweyapril #readathon #deweyhourlyphoto #audiohike

Cortg Ooh! I just checked this audio out. I‘ve been wanting to read it. Thanks for the reminder! 2y
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aprilpohren
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@Kaila-ann oh my gosh!! Thank you so much!! This totally made my day! I am thrilled beyond words! ##litsylove

Mitch #litsylove is the best ♥️♥️ 2y
Kaila-ann Yay! I‘m so glad. 2y
Kaila-ann I actually still have a copy to read myself so if you read it before I do, you‘ll have to let me know if it‘s good. 😉 2y
Crazeedi Great book! Yay!!! 2y
sharread 💚 Erik Larson he's awesome. 1y
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Jenken1998
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#audiobaking . Loving this book ❤

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