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F libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done beforeIn The Library Book Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on the ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak the blond haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL than thirty years agoAlong the way Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present from Mary Foy who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the 35 mixed opinions on this but I ll post something later It dragged on a bit too much at the end and as I read I got exasperated Okay

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The Library Book

On the morning of April 29 1986 a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library As the moments passed the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm As one fireman recounted “Once that first stack got going it was ‘Goodbye Charlie’” The fire was disastrous it reached 2000 degrees and burned for than seven hours By the time it was extinguished it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand Investigators descended on the scene but than thirty years later the mystery remains Did someone purposefully set fire to the library and if so whoWeaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire award winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniuely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story o I m suddenly eager to run off to my local library and check out ALL THE BOOKS This book gives a lot of insight on what goes into running

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Head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role to Dr CJK Jones a pastor citrus farmer and polymath known as “The Human Encyclopedia” who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the LA library one of the best in the world to the current staff who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it servesBrimming with her signature wit insight compassion and talent for deep research The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much than just books and why they remain an essential part of the heart mind and soul of our country It is also a master journalist’s reminder that perhaps especially in the digital era they are necessary than ev If I hadn t read it on my Kindle I would have considered burning this book after I finished it Yeah I finished it even though I was bo


10 thoughts on “The Library Book

  1. says:

    chef's kiss

  2. says:

    I'm suddenly eager to run off to my local library and check out ALL THE BOOKS This book gives a lot of insight on what goes into running a library and has you growing a sense of appreciation for those who put in the the work to keep everything afloat It's kind of shaped as a true crime book but evolves into a love letter to books libraries At times it was a whiplash experience for me in terms of enjoyment as I

  3. says:

    45 stars Hundreds of thousands of books were burned to nothing but ash and hundreds of thousands of books were damaged enough to bring chills up the spine of any book lover reading this book about the fire at the Los Angeles Public Library that occurred on April 29 1986 The research and the writing here are impeccable The descrip

  4. says:

    This is absolutely brilliant nonfiction and a book about books about libraries ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ In April 1986 there was a large fire in the Los Angeles Public Library; so large in fact that over four hundred thousand books were burned completely and seven hundred thousand were damaged Initially the thoughts were that this was arson yet no one has been convicted and a mystery still surrounds t

  5. says:

    An ode to libraries past and present To the importance of books and how they are used by malignant governments book burning to control and frighten their citizens Although the main focus in on the library in Los Angeles and the fire that destroyed it and so many of their materials this book is so much The way libraries have had to change and adapt in light of our electronic obsession in order to stay viable in

  6. says:

    35 mixed opinions on this but I’ll post something later It dragged on a bit too much at the end and as I read I got exasperated Okay Time to explain myselfIn The Library Book Orlean aims to offer a well rounded discussion of libraries rooted by the story of the Los Angeles Library fire in 1986 When I read the

  7. says:

    Susan Orlean was speaking with the Los Angeles Times about this book before its release I enjoyed listening to her speak on NPR as wellWhen talking about her interest in writing about a big city library this is what Susan said “I could have done that anywhere I like the idea of doing it in LA out of this contrarian idea that people don’

  8. says:

    Susan Orlean is a true genius at bringing seemingly any subject to life in a manner which is utterly fascinating and immensely readable I’d even read instruction manuals and Congressional reports if she wrote them Wheth

  9. says:

    If I hadn’t read it on my Kindle I would have considered burning this book after I finished it Yeah I finished it even though I was bored senseless The author did a lot of research so I gave her 2 stars for sticking with it I could picture her with a Rolodex of notecards with every last fact that she had uncove

  10. says:

    The Library Book by Susan Orlean is a 2018 Simon Schuster publication I couldn’t have been happier when this book finally reached the top of