Writer Spotlight: Erik Larson

If you enjoy historical nonfiction, don't miss the work of New York native Erik Larson. Larson's brand of narrative nonfiction has been a hit on many bestseller lists, starting with a book written in 1999 recalling the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston. He currently occupies the #10 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list with his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

Check out a few books from his previous works or reserve your spot on the hold list for Dead Wake:


Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (1999): A thoroughly researched story of the Great Storm of 1900 as told through the eyes of Isaac Cline, the chief meteorologist on Galveston Island when the storm rolled into town.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (2003): A narrative based in Chicago around 1893 concerning the head architect of the World's Fair and a serial killer who used the fair as his personal killing ground.

Thunderstruck (2006): Set in London, this title tells a parallel story of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless transmission technology and Hawley Crippen, a man who was hunted down for unexpectedly committing a murder.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (2011): Larson tells the story of the American Ambassador to Germany during the Nazi regime.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (2015): This book recalls the sinking of the Lusitania in World War I and the fallout from the disaster.