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9/13/2005

The Devil in the White City

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:40 pm

Much thanks to Wertz for The Devil in the White City. It wasn’t a bad read overall. I learned quite a bit about the 1893 Columbian Exposition. There were times the book became a bit tedious, though. Larson’s fixation on people’s eyes was a bit creepy and seemingly over-fictionalized. Still, it has kept me jazzed about going to Chicago.

I’ve got Winesburg, Ohio (from Gutenburg, of course) to read now but I’m not in a reading rut so I don’t expect to get far fast. I am hoping to maybe actually get my library card before vacation, which would give me access to more modern books. If any of you have any suggestions for vacation reading, I would be much obliged.

2 Responses to “The Devil in the White City”

  1. Wertz says:

    I’m still catching up on my backlog of online reading after my trip to Pennsylvania and just came across this. I’m glad you (mostly) liked Devil in the White City. It made me want to visit Chicago, even if most of the stuff described in the book is long gone.

    As to vacation reading, well… I’m not sure how much our tastes overlap. My guilty pleasure for beach-type reads is Patricia Cornwell (it’s my fixation with forensics, mostly). I’m currently enjoying Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff (a contributor to Public Radio’s “This American Life”). I’m reading a review copy, but I think it’s being published in paperback this week. It’s a series of essays on American excess, vanity, and vapidity and most of it is very funny. Similarly, I recently enjoyed Dan Savage’s Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America, with a chapter devoted to each of the seven deadlies and how they’re pursued in latterday America – all pretty hilarious and often insightful.

    For decent historical fiction, I’d recommend Willaim Safire’s Scandalmonger about Jefferson, Hamilton, and, well, scandal. Also, given your interest in the civil war, if you haven’t read Gore Vidal’s Lincoln, you really should. It’s quite good, especially on the handling (mishandling?) of the war – and not quite as slanted as one might expect.

    Okay, I’m done for now. :)

  2. Jaime says:

    Well, time’s running short & it looks like I will likely not be getting over to the library before vacation. I do want to take up some of your suggestions, Wertz, but they will have to wait. I may just end up scouring my bookshelves for something I’ve not gotten to yet (yes, that happens here).

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