Happy Bookers Discussion Group

The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library’s monthly book discussion group.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  **Please note: The Happy Bookers will not meet in December. Our next meeting will take place in January, 2018.** Newcomers are always welcome, and no registration is necessary.  Call the library at 908-454-3712 for more information.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Devil in the White City: 
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson


A vivid account of the tragedies and triumphs of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the concurrent depravities of America’s first serial killer. In roughly alternating chapters, former Wall Street Journal reporter Larson (Isaac’s Storm, 1999, etc.) tells the stories of Daniel H. Burnham, chief planner and architect of exposition, and Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, whose rambling World’s Fair Hotel, just a short streetcar ride away, housed windowless rooms, a gas chamber, secret chutes, and a basement crematory. The contrast in these accomplishments of determined human endeavor could not be more stark–or chilling…Gripping drama, captured with a reporter’s nose for a good story and a novelist’s flair for telling it. (Publishers Weekly)

 

Download Discussion Questions

 

Author website

Chicago World’s Fair in “Moving Pictures” (video)

Chicago World’s Fair – Encyclopedia of Chicago

H. H. Holmes (Wikipedia)


Suggest a book for discussion

 

Upcoming Selections:

  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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