I'm always hesitant to recommend books (or movies, for that matter), because what consitutes a "good" book is somewhat subjective. But this book has so many facets to it that I think it will satisfy many different types of readers. In case you want just a bit of info on it, here's my very brief summary:
- It's a true story. Most of the historic info was obtained from letters between many of the people in the book, or police and court documents.
- It takes place just before, during and after the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
- It weaves together the stories of some of the most influential people involved with the Fair, who also happened to be the most influential people in the country at the time. Then there's H.H. Holmes - recognize that name? He's the "Devil" in the book's title. Maybe not influential, but definitely a historical figure in America.
- Some influential people in this country were indirectly involved or influenced, like Walt Disney (who wasn't yet born in 1893), whose father worked on many of the buildings on the fairgrounds.
- The book is jam-packed with so much historical information. The 1893 World's Fair impacted so much in this country, much of it that most of us are unaware of!
I haven't started my next book club choice yet, but in the meantime I'm reading "The Paris Wife: A Novel". It's the story of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. I've never been a big fan of Hemingway (a little too macho, I think), but this takes place before he wrote anything and became famous. So far, so good, I would say. About one fourth of the way through it I'm finding it very interesting. I seem to be in a "historical" frame of mind lately!