February 17, 2011: The Devil & Sherlock Holmes

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CURRENTLY READING: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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I recently read a quick but compelling review of The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession by David Grann, that described the book as perfect. Not very good, not a captivating read, not gripping, but perfect. Apparently this book consists of 12 perfect non-fiction stories. That’s kind of hard to resist, don’t you think? Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and most of these stories appeared there first (meaning some of you, my serious-reader readers, have already read them), thus further piquing my interest given this week’s love affair with that magazine. I’m not a frequent reader of non-fiction and I’m not much for short stories, but I’m definitely going to add this one to the list. In fact, it might serve as the perfect counter-balance to the Russian. Perhaps I should start it now…

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