The library book / Susan Orlean.

By: Orlean, Susan [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018Description: 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781476740188 :Subject(s): Los Angeles Public Library -- History -- 20th century | Public libraries -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century | Arson -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 027.4794/94 LOC classification: Z679.2.U6 | O75 2018
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-317).

Library Journal, September 15, 2018

Booklist, August 01, 2018

BookPage, October 01, 2018

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018

Adult Brodart.

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Library Journal Review

In this lively and multilayered portrait of the Los Angeles Public Library by Orlean (The Orchid Thief), the author describes a source as "electrified by everything he told me about the library." The same can be said for Orlean, whose enthusiasm and affection for the nearly 150-year-old institution is contagious. As in previous books and essays, Orlean assembles a panoramic profile from an array of fascinating details, from the library's earliest days as a reading room to its current thriving community presence as a provider of English classes, sheet -music for orchestras, services for the homeless, and more, including sketches of its charismatic-sometimes eccentric--directors, staff, and patrons. This sweeping, cheerful history revolves around a singular terrible event: the 1986 fire that ravaged the Central Library, destroying some 400,000 books. Orlean's affecting account of the tragedy and its painful aftermath, as well as the many people it touched, points to a suspect who was never indicted. But the overall tone is warm and engaging, offering a love letter to libraries everywhere. VERDICT Orlean's fans, library lovers, and readers of eclectic nonfiction will enjoy this entertaining, informative account. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18; "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 8/18.]-Lisa Peet, Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Susan Orlean is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. She graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as a reporter in Portland, Oregon, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Orlean is the author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.

She now lives in New York City and can be reached via the internet at

(Bowker Author Biography)

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