My first Wednesday Wanna-Read of 2015 is one of several I want to read by author Erik Larson.
The Devil in the White City focuses on events that are more than 100 years old. The World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 was apparently a bit of mayhem with
murder thrown in.
Larson has garnered a reputation as being a master of narrative non-fiction. White City and another of his books, In the Garden of Beasts, are both on my bookshelf. I’m also anticipating the release of his newest book about the sinking of the Lusitania later this year.
Narrative non-fiction is a genre that I truly enjoy reading. There’s something about the stories, when they’re told right, that captivate you to the point that you forget you’re reading a work of non-fiction.
White City was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction, and won several other awards, including the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger. Those only lend credence to my belief that the work is going to be one that is well written.
Also, I’m currently reading another work of narrative non-fiction, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and have gone on a bit of a narrative non-fiction kick. So, this book is probably going to be read sooner rather than later.