1. In what ways is this nonfiction book like a novel? Is it more satisfying to read fiction or nonfiction?
I am finding that The Devil in the White City reads mostly like a novel to me, except for some of the factually dense portions and tangents. I usually have a very hard time reading non-fiction books and can only digest them in small parts so they take me a very long time to finish. I'm not having this problem with The Devil in the White City, although it is a little slower going for me than fiction. For me, fiction is definitely a more satisfying read since I don't struggle so with reading it. I do enjoy the learning part of reading non-fictions though and I wish I read more of them. This is one aspect of the online book clubs that I'm enjoying (reading non-fiction with a group on a schedule).
2. What have you found out so far about Chicago, the Fair, and the two men: Burnham and Holmes?
Nearly everything in the book so far is new information to me. I know very little about the city of Chicago and nothing about Chicago of that time period. I know nothing about the Fair or Burnham and Holmes. But I'm enjoying learning about it all!