The Library Book

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 mor On the morning of April 29, 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:336 pages pages

The Library Book Reviews

  • JanB
    Mar 05, 2019
    The staggering loss and damage of hundreds of thousands of books is enough to pierce the heart of any book lover. LA?s Central Library went up in smoke and fire in April of 1986. This book is an accounting of the fire itself, and the massive volunteer effort to save the books and reb...
  • Diane
    Dec 25, 2018
    I think I would have loved this book even if I wasn't a librarian. Susan Orlean's latest subject is about a massive fire at the Los Angeles Public Library in April 1986. 400,000 books were destroyed; hundreds of thousands more were damaged. Fortunately, no one was killed. (If you h...
  • 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...
  • Chrissie
    Dec 29, 2018
    It feels as though the author was searching for adequate information to fill this book. It covers so many topics, it spreads itself thin. It has breadth rather than depth. It is not only about the huge fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Central Library on April 29, 1986, but also abou...
  • 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...
  • Carol
    Jan 16, 2019
    The very best books are often the hardest to talk about. 96 of my GR friends reviewed The Library Book. There are 8000+ ratings and over 2000 reviews, with only 3% under 3 stars. Susan Orlean's latest, an ode to the love of libraries, has been favorably reviewed by the best, including ...
  • Diane Yannick
    Nov 29, 2018
    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 ev...
  • 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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Jan 24, 2019
    This is a wonderful book about libraries. If you're like me, and borrow almost ALL your books from the local library, then you will like enjoy the fascinating information in it. Not only does the author describes its history, how they function, interesting facts and figures, but she...
  • 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...
  • Jenna
    Feb 11, 2019
    "A library is as much a portal as it is a place?it is a transit point, a passage." I guess I'm a bit of an outlier when it comes to this book. It was OK, but nothing remarkable for me. I hate to say that because so many recommended it to me, and I wish I could say I loved it...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 20, 2018
    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...
  • 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...
  • Madeline
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Linda
    Mar 16, 2019
    "Usually, a fire is red and orange and yellow and black. The fire in the library was colorless. You could look right through it, as if it were a sheet of glass." Like looking through tears comes to mind. The catastrophic fire that engulfed the Los Angeles Central Library on April 29...
  • 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...
  • Sean Gibson
    Dec 10, 2018
    So, it turns out that people in LA do more than drink kale smoothies, have inventive but wholly unnecessary plastic surgery (?I just had my appendix done and it looks FANTASTIC on an MRI!?), and be impossibly (albeit generically) attractive while waiting tables hoping for their big...
  • Justin Tate
    Apr 03, 2019
    Like a library, The Library Book has it all. With the mostly-forgotten Los Angeles library fire of 1986 as a backdrop, Orlean takes us on a journey that is a mix of true crime mystery, character study, history, political intrigue, tragedy, comedy, romance, and so much more. The researc...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Jan 13, 2019
    Wow. ? Wow. ?? ...more ...
  • 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...
  • Katie B
    Jan 22, 2019
    If you love going to the library, you gotta pick this one up. While much of the book focuses on the devastating fire in 1986 at the Los Angeles Public Library, it's also full of tidbits of all the random things librarians and staff deal with on a regular basis. And by far the thing I l...
  • Emily
    Feb 27, 2019
    I REALLY enjoyed this!! A word of warning: this isn't really a true crime book. A lot of the marketing messaging around this sells it as true crime about the arson case surrounding the Los Angeles library fire. If you go into this expecting true crime, you're going to be disappointe...
  • ||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...
  • Lucy Langford
    Jan 21, 2019
    3.5* rounded up! ?The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.? This book follows, and is a thorough investigation, into the Los Angeles public library fire....