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090 _aZ733.L8742
_bO75 2018
100 1 _aOrlean, Susan,
245 1 4 _aThe library book /
_cSusan Orlean.
250 _aFirst Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
264 1 _aNew York :
_bSimon and Schuster,
300 _a319 pages :
_billustrations ;
_c25 cm
336 _atext
337 _aunmediated
338 _avolume
386 _mGender group:
386 _mNational/regional group:
_aNew Yorkers (New York State)
386 _mNational/regional group:
490 1 _aHello Sunshine Book Club
500 _aAdded to Reese Witherspoon's book club Hello Sunshine after publication.
520 _aThe author reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history. This book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) fire, and its aftermath, to showcase the crucial role that libraries play in our lives. The author delves into the evolution of libraries around the world, from their humble beginnings to their status as a cornerstone of the community; brings the departments of the library to life through on-the-ground reporting; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL. The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library? In addition to examining the circumstances of the fire, the author delves into the history of the LAPL. The book introduces us to a cast of characters from libraries past and present - from Mary Foy; who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the LAPL at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, "The Human Encyclopedia," who roamed the library dispensing information. The book introduces readers to Charles Lummis, an eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, and to the staff in the twenty-first century, who work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.--adapted from publisher's description and end-papers.
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 317-319).
610 2 0 _aLos Angeles Public Library.
_bCentral Library
_xFire, 1986.
610 2 0 _aLos Angeles Public Library.
_bCentral Library
650 0 _aPublic libraries
_zLos Angeles
650 0 _aArson investigation.
650 0 _aBooks.
650 0 _aLibrary materials.
650 0 _aLibraries
_xSocial aspects.
650 0 _aFires
_zLos Angeles.
650 1 _aFires
_zLos Angeles.
650 2 _aLibrary Materials.
650 7 _aHISTORY
_zUnited States
_x20th Century.
650 7 _aHISTORY
_xSocial History.
610 2 7 _aLos Angeles Public Library.
_bCentral Library.
650 7 _aArson investigation.
650 7 _aBooks.
650 7 _aLibraries
_xSocial aspects.
650 7 _aLibrary materials.
650 7 _aPublic libraries.
651 7 _aCalifornia
_zLos Angeles.
610 2 7 _aBibliothèque Municipale
650 7 _aBrandkatastrophe
651 7 _aLos Angeles, Calif.
610 2 7 _aLos Angeles Public Library.
_bCentral Library
650 7 _aPublic libraries
_zLos Angeles (Calif.)
_xFires and fire prevention
650 7 _aPublic libraries
_zLos Angeles (Calif.)
655 4 _aTrue crime stories.
655 7 _aHistory.
655 7 _aTrue crime stories.
655 7 _aTrue crime stories.
655 7 _aHistory.
830 0 _aHello Sunshine Book Club.
994 _aC0
999 _c1046282