Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Take Up and Read

I read several books this past summer with friends, and we found it oddly addicting. Others called it a book club; we called it “reading.”

The book club has a new selection, and you're invited to read it with us. It's called “Clifford Takes a Trip” by Norman Bridwell. You can buy it for $3.50 at Amazon.

Okay, just kidding. But I still recommend the Clifford books.

Instead, we're reading “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.

Here are a couple of descriptions of it.

The book blurb:

Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson's spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men--the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; 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 Rabbit Room blog:

One part fascinating history of one of my favorite cities (Chicago) and one part murder mystery. I have worn the Captains Courageous out talking about this book. I’m a fan of creative nonfiction (books like The Perfect Storm, Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven), and this is one of the best I’ve read. I just finished another Erik Larson book, Thunderstruck, which I also really liked.

You can find this book in most bookstores, at Amazon, and in most libraries.

Take up and read.

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