Devil in the White City: Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

From Sandi Rosenthal
Title:  Devil in the White City: Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Author:  Erik Larson
This book intertwines two stories. One of the building of the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893 and the other of H. H. Holmes, a serial killer. Erik Larson writes in such detail, and brings these historical events to life. I definitely recommend this book.

The Devil In The White City

From Jeninne O’Callaghan
author: Larson, Erik
The Devil In The White City
Erik Larson’s, The Devil in the White City, has readers exploring Chicago and the madness of the World’s Fair circa 1893.  This non-fiction book follows the lives of two men – one being an architect who strived to create the most elaborate celebration in the whole world and the other a psychotic serial killer who uses the fair to claim his victims. 
I thoroughly enjoyed how Larson was able to intertwine and show similarities between the lives of these two drastically different men.  I initially picked up this book for a suspense thriller, but found myself very interested in the historical aspect of it all.

Tip it: the world according to Maggie

Jackie Cantwell
author: Griffin, Maggie
Tip it: the world according to Maggie 
This is a fast read. Fans of Kathy Griffin: My life on the D-list, the
Bravo channel TV show, will probably want to read Kathy’s mother,
Maggie’s, life story.  Kathy even adds her comments to the text, which are
in brackets and italics.  Maggie is funny, and she has good old-fashioned
values, too.  She is 90 years young, and describes meeting her husband,
Johnny Griffin, in her Chicago neighborhood during WWII.  Boy, she is one
lucky woman.  She describes how her husband shared equally in the child
care (they had four children) and housework, and never complained.  Their
marriage was marked by respect, caring, good communication and lots of
laughter.  I enjoyed reading about their move to Los Angeles where her son
Kenny lived, after Johnny’s retirement.  They had had enough of snow and
cold weather; and Kathy decides to join them to try to break into acting.
They are star struck every step of the way, and have many photos with
celebrities to prove it.  Readers interested in life during depression-era
Chicago will find a lot to like.  As you may know, those who survived the
Depression are usually frugal for the rest of their lives, and Maggie is
no exception.  Find out why Maggie loves to wear muumuus and read her tips for living (which offers sensible advice for everyone).

Her Fearful Symmetry

From Elinor Sbrocchi
author: Niffenegger, Audrey
Her Fearful Symmetry
An aunt dies in London, leaving her apartment to her twin nieces with the stipulation that they live in it for a year. The twins come from Chicago and soon find they are not living alone. Elspeth, their aunt, is still inhabiting the place in the form of a spirit. There are two other apartments in the building; Martin lives on the top floor, paralyzed by his fears, and Elspeth’s lover is grieving below. Well-written and appealing. Recommended, from the author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”

Changes : a novel of the Dresden files

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Butcher, Jim
Changes : a novel of the Dresden files
Being the 12th book in the Dresden Files series, we have seen Harry fight demons, vampires, ogres, rogue wizards, werewolves and other nefarious creatures to help others and save the world but now he must face his past.  In his latest case he must save the daughter, he never knew he had, from an old enemy.  Harry, the wisecracking wizard investigator, becomes a darker character filled with somber desperation facing a no win situation.  The Dresden Files (from first to last):  Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, Turn Coat and Changes.