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The Devil in the White City

By Erik Larson, The fascinating story of an architect, a serial killer and the 1893 World Fair in Chicago

When I first moved to Chicago for grad school, we were assigned The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson as recommended summer reading. It was an apt choice — our building is located along the Midway Plaisance which served as the entertainment area for the 1893 World’s Fair featured in the book. According …

                                

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

By Jonas Jonasson, An Unconventional and Cheeky Romp Through Modern History

– It really is you…Yury finally managed to exclaim. But…You speak Russian? – Yes, I went on a five-year course in your country’s language shortly after we last met, said Allan. The school was called Gulag. What about that vodka? The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassen is kind …

                          

A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini, A Moving, Heart-breaking, Powerful Story of Survival

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two Afghan women whose lives are molded and refracted in the tumult of events in recent Afghan history — the Soviet invasion beginning in 1979, the Civil War, the reign of the Taliban, and the beginnings of the Karzai administration. It’s a powerful, moving, …

                 

Shakespeare: The World as Stage

By Bill Bryson, A Concise and Well-Researched Biography

Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage is a short and well-researched biography on the famous Bard, with some background on Elizabethan England thrown in for good measure. I’ve been meaning to read something of Bryson’s for a long time and thought this might make a good introduction, especially since I did a lengthy project …