The Library Book

The Library Book

On the morning of April 28, 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 mor On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, ...

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Title:The Library Book
Author:Susan Orlean
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Library Book
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:317 pages pages

The Library Book Reviews

  • Chris Wolak
    Oct 10, 2018
    Loved this book. It's primarily about the LA public library fire in 1986, LA library history, and the present reality of libraries with an eye toward the future. Sprinkled throughout is Orlean's own experience with and love of libraries. Library lovers will definitely want to add this ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Nov 27, 2018
    Susan Orlean was speaking with the Los Angeles Times about this book before its release....( I enjoyed listening to her speak on NPR as well). When 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...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jul 05, 2018
    5? ?All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library?s simple unspoken promise: Here is my story, please listen; here I am, please tell me your story.? For many people, I imagine libraries are like places of worship - everyone is made to feel welcome a...
  • Ron Charles
    Oct 11, 2018
    The largest library disaster in American history is the furnace at the center of Orlean?s story, which is fueled by regular additions of memoir, biography, history and science. In one particularly sobering chapter, she reminds us, ?People have been burning libraries for nearly as l...
  • Terzah
    Aug 12, 2018
    I've had a bit of an inferiority complex about being a librarian almost since I made the decision at the age of 30 to become one. I am a career switcher, a failure at both journalism and (so far anyway) creative writing. While some of my reasons for moving to libraries were good ones--...
  • Candace
    Jun 02, 2018
    I worked at the Los Angeles Public Library's Gardner Branch as a page in the late 1970s and it remains one of the trippiest jobs I've ever had. The library system seemed to take pleasure in staffing each branch with the least likely people for the location's demographic, which was pret...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 28, 2018
    Susan Orlean first learned of the devastating fire in the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986 years after. Living in New York where the news of the Chernobyl disaster dominated the news, a library fire in Los Angeles didn't get much coverage. As with other library arsons, it was not an...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Oct 19, 2018
    The Library Book is a must read for every book lover. Susan Orleans chronicles the April 28, 1986 fire at the main branch of the Los Angeles Library which destroyed over 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. The cause of the fire has never been determined, and she extensively researc...
  • Ellie
    Oct 20, 2018
    I have to confess that I'm a huge fan of Susan Orlean: from The Orchid Thief to Rin Tin Tin, she has a way of making the ordinary into something extraordinary and facts into stories as spellbinding as fiction. The Library Book is not only no exception, it is my favorite so far. In 1...
  • Brina
    Nov 17, 2018
    Libraries have played a integral part of my life from the time I was a kid. My first library was the Bradbury Library where the magical world of reading opened to me and I participated in my first summer reading program. I graduated to more libraries, a larger world of books, conversat...
  • Karen
    Oct 24, 2018
    I never expected a book about a library fire to be unputdownable but it was. I was blown away by this effort by Susan Orlean. Chock full of details surrounding the catastrophic Los Angeles library fire and fascinating info related to books and libraries, Orlean?s love for books is...
  • Sue
    Oct 12, 2018
    In The Library, Susan Orlean has written a book that takes an institution we all are familiar with, most of us intimately from our own lives, then moves both inward to a closer look at Los Angeles Central Library and outward to the history of libraries in the United States and, more re...
  • Angela M
    Oct 25, 2018
    4.5 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 rese...
  • Krista
    Nov 06, 2018
    At first, the smoke in the Fiction stacks was as pale as onionskin. Then it deepened to dove gray. Then it turned black. It wound around Fiction A through L, curling in lazy ringlets. It gathered into soft puffs that bobbed and banked against the shelves like bumper cars. Suddenly, sh...
  • Madeline Partner
    Aug 23, 2018
    3.5.. 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 more exasperated. - Okay! Time to explain myself. In The Library Book Orlean aims to offer a well-rounded discussion of libraries, rooted by the story of the ...
  • Melki
    Nov 23, 2018
    . . . if she could have chosen any profession in the world, she would have been a librarian. December 6, 2016 was one of the greatest days of my life. It was the day I started work in the children's department of my local library. To this day, I still get a thrill every time I walk ...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 07, 2018
    This is really two books in one. The first is a record of the devastating fire at the Los Angeles Central Library on April 29, 1986 and how the city and library service recovered. The second is a paean to libraries in general: what they offer to society, and how they work, in a digital...
  • Bam
    Nov 08, 2018
    Although a great deal of this book is about the fire that burned the Central Library of Los Angeles in April of 1986, destroying almost half a million books, and about the young man who many thought started the fire, it is really an ode to books and libraries in general. Just about eve...
  • Diane Barnes
    Oct 23, 2018
    In April of 1986, the Los Angeles Central Library burned, losing hundreds of thousands of books and almost destroying a historic building; it was determined to be the work of an arsonist. Susan Orlean takes this incident and turns it into an all encompassing book that reads like a nove...
  • Lisa
    Oct 12, 2018
    [3.5 stars] The Library Book is chock-full of fascinating information. Orleans focuses on the Los Angeles public library system and jumps from the 1986 library fire, to the history of L.A's libraries, to several personal stories about librarians, to a discussion about homelessness, to ...
  • Peter Tillman
    Nov 04, 2018
    A good but scattered book. Her narrative hook was the great LA library fire of 1986 and the arson investigation that followed. She also gives a short history of the LA public library and its people, and a biography of the accused arsonist and his milieu. With 440-some reviews here a...
  • Lisa
    Oct 27, 2018
    Library lovers will find this expertly delivered book enlightening. SUMMARY On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Central Library. The patrons and staff that had been cleared out of the building soon realize this was not the usual fire alarm. T...
  • Nancy
    Aug 22, 2018
    I remember when I first heard there was a place where one could borrow all the books one wanted to read. My elementary school, Philip Sheridan, was brand new and filled with recently published children's books. There was a small library in my second-grade classroom and after the tea...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Nov 05, 2018
    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 thousan...
  • Carrie
    Oct 15, 2018
    How can a lover of books resist a book about books? Such was my own dilemma with The Library Book by Susan Orlean. This one is a bit out of my normal go to reads being that it is non-fiction but occasionally I can?t resist when the book is about something that interests me and this o...
  • Holly
    Jun 10, 2018
    The worst thing about experiencing a fire (assuming all living things are safe and outside) is the waiting, not knowing what survived, if anything. Then there are the worries about smoke and water damage. People don?t really think about water damage but that can be even worse than th...
  • Tucker
    Nov 12, 2018
    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! Whether it?s orchids, Rin Tin Tin, or unconventional travel advent...
  • Jenny
    Jul 08, 2018
    Some of the fondest childhood memories I have were of my Mother taking me to the library. I held my Moms hand as we walked in and as so as I saw my section, I begged to let go of her hand as I nearly ran to grab new books that my parents and I would read together. My Mother?s arms we...
  • Bkwmlee
    Nov 15, 2018
    My Rating: 4.5 stars Have you ever come across a book that felt like it was meant for you to read and then afterwards occupies a permanent place in your heart due to the special connection you feel with it? Well, for me, Susan Orlean?s The Library Book was definitely THAT bo...
  • ||Swaroop||
    Aug 15, 2018
    My favourite hangout place is the Library. I so very much love going around through various bookshelves in the Libraries, especially the Central Library. It feels so relaxed and calming when I am in the Library. It feels like, I am among many learned and wise souls, who are in all thes...