“They tasted a new snack called Cracker Jack and a new breakfast food called Shr…

“They tasted a new snack called Cracker Jack and a new breakfast food called Shredded Wheat.” 🖤

Read this with onmalsshelf that’s reading books. Clearly very well researched but it took more about half the book for me to get into it and feel engaged and interested. The detail in the beginning was a bit too much for me and it wasn’t until the fair opened that I felt like turning the pages in earnest. Following the detective who was figuring out the trail of Dr. Holmes was interesting too but I honestly didn’t feel there was much connection between Holmes and Burnham…? My favorite part of the book was the Ferris wheel!!! So interesting and really a feat of engineering! I will definitely see the Navy Pier ferris wheel differently now that I know some of the back story! I think if you like detailed descriptions of architecture and history, this may enthrall you but for the average non-fiction dabbler, be prepared to wade through a lot of detail! 🖤



5 thoughts on ““They tasted a new snack called Cracker Jack and a new breakfast food called Shr…”

  1. I think one of the reasons I liked this book so much is that I love Chicago…even before I lived in a suburb here, I thought of Chicago as my city!

  2. Yes SAME!!!! The Ferris Wheel! I was fascinated by that the most in this whole book. Bored with all the architecture talk. And just not deep enough on the serial killer which was the only part of the book I was even interested in. Oh well. Lots of people enjoyed this book but not for both aspects. It’s always one or the other.

  3. Thanks for joining in on this one!! I loved the Ferris wheel part too. I loved learning some of the architectural history of Chicago!!

  4. This has been on my shelf to read for years! 😬 I mainly got it because of the Chicago connection; normally I don’t read true crime. One of these days I will sit down and plow through it.

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