The final book club selection for the academic year will be The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
This book for is a story of murder, magic and madness at the fair that changed America, the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. In The Devil in the White City, Larson tells the spellbinding true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were linked by the Greatest Fair in American History, The Chicago World's Fair of 1893, Nicknamed, "The White City."
The architect, Daniel Hudson Burnham, was the builder of many of the country's most important structures including Union Station in Washington, D.C. He worked with Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim and Louis Sullivan to transform swampy Jackson park into a dream city by the lake for the World's Fair.
The murderer, Henry H. Holmes, built his "World's Fair Hotel" (a torture palace with dissection table, gas chamber and crematorium) just west of the fairgrounds in Chicago. Holmes used the attraction of the World's Fair and his own satanic charm to lure scores of young women to their deaths. Real-life characters including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others all play a role in this novel, based on a true story.
Bring your lunch (or just a cup of coffee or tea and a snack) and join us for a lively discussion on Wednesday June 2nd at noon! If you can't attend the meeting, e-mail your comments about either of these books to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share them with the group.