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Current reads- Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

Melissa Eisenmeier

Melissa lives in Baltimore with her two cats, Stan Lee and Spencer. She likes Harry Potter, historical fiction (especially if it's set in colonial/Revolutionary War-era America or WW2), and animals.

“Manhattan’s Charities Pier was known as Misery Lane because that’s where the bodies were put whenever disaster struck. On March 26, 1911, the makeshift pier at the end was filled with the remains of more than a hundred young women and two dozen young men, victims of a catastrophic fire in a high-rise garment factory.”

So begins the prologue of Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, by David von Drehle, the book I’m currently reading and my new favourite book. It’s the true story of what happened at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, along with the years leading up to the fire and the reforms that came after.

So far, the book is engaging, despite the horrifying, tragic nature of the book. Von Drehle has a gift for making the reader visualise what was going on. Part of that, I expect, is because he’s an experienced writer; he worked as as journalist for The Washington Post.


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