Book Group will meet on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 a.m., and Friday, April 22, at noon, to discuss The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. He is also the best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.
The Devil in the White City is the No. 1 New York Times bestseller about the architect who led the construction of the great Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, and the prolific serial killer who used the fair as a lure. Just blocks from the fairgrounds, the killer built a hotel of horrors equipped with an acid vat, dissection table and crematorium. The book won an Edgar Award for best fact-crime writing, and was a finalist for a National Book Award. From the New York Times:
[Larson] relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel. Mr. Larson has written a dynamic, enveloping book….It doesn’t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction.
Boston Children’s Hospital personnel are encouraged to join us in our new location in the Library at the Longwood Center, in the Media Room (LC 5116), on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 a.m., or Friday, April 22, at noon, to participate in discussion about this book. If you would like to be added to our Book Group email distribution list, please email the Library.