The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Kim says: This is a rich story of early 20th century New York City that introduces “natural wonders”, photography, Coney Island, the terrible conditions of the garment district, Jewish culture, and the wilds of Manhattan. While a piece of fiction, Hoffman incorporates so many details and frames her story around real-life historical events, particularly the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory File, that I found myself reading further and looking at maps. There’s a love story at the heart of the book and characters that you come to know deeply.
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