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The Library Book

review The Library Book Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 descriptions of the fire the librarians reactions and the many many volunteers who wanted to help it s as if it s being reported in real time The book however covers so much than the story of the fire although it s the main focus It is in many ways a tribute to libraries and librarians and what they stand for and the importance of the library now and in the future It is a personal testament to Orlean s love of libraries and her early experiences going to the library as a young child with her mother I loved her reminiscing because it made me remember my own history with the public library in the neighborhood where I grew up I remember the hours I spent there and some of the books that I read and the fond memories of when I worked there as a library page in high school and through college This is also a fascinating history of the LA public library and the library directors the City Librarians over the years It s the story of the people who use the library It s the story of the volunteers who after the fire worked for the next three days around the clockThey formed a human chain passing the books hand over hand from one person to the next through the smoky building and out the door It was as if in this urgent moment people the people of Los Angeles formed a living library They created for a short time a system to protect and pass along shared knowledge to save what we know for each other which is what libraries do every day I was also struck by the stunning words of a librarian Jill Crane who helped with the cleanup and wrote in a poem We held charred and water soaked chunks of books in our hands history imagination knowledge crumbing in our fingers we packed what was left She also gives us Harry Peak s story arrested but never charged with starting the fire and describes the difficulty of proving arson and proving that he was responsible So much is contained in the book and I felt at times that it was a little scattered moving from the fire to her experiences to the history and then to the fire and the investigation But ultimately it was an an emotional book for me as a retired librarian although not a public librarian but mostly as a book lover The scenes described of the burned and damaged books got me in my gut and the coming together of volunteers to do what they could got me in my heart and then when several years after the fire the library reopened This fabulous book is an ode to librarians and the public library which represents the fabric of our society in so many ways I received an advanced copy of this book from Simon Schuster through NetGalley

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review The Library Book Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 t associate libraries with LA which made it kind of delectable That said the 1986 fire forgive me was a sparkThe reason I find Susan s comment about folks not associating libraries with Los Angelesis because I never really thought about it but she s absolutely right She s so right it wasn t even in my consciousness at all and I live in California with family throughout LA I also never heard of this fire shows you how asleep I was and every LA person in my life too My youngest daughter was a year old in 1986 Everything in this book was new to me This past year I ve used the public library system daily a zillion times in one year at age 66than ALL my past years combined Some readers might be appalled aghast at such horror I m only telling the truth I wasn t much of a reader as a kid I remember some lovely walks I took alone or with a friend to the library as a child to listen to the storytelling lady but reading wasn t encouraged in my family Not really Actually nothing was encouraged other than good behavior at school and elsewhere Many of you have heard this before I m a very late bloomer passionate reader I fell in love with reading for pleasure accidentally as an adult the year the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls came out in the year 2006 I ve already shared my reading process in my Glass Castle reviewPoint isI didn t come close to having the experience that Susan Orlean had with books and reading as she did I don t have mom me reading memories to draw on and my dad died when I was 4 I m sincerely grateful to Susan Orlean other authors with similar writing skills to my long time reader friends hearing their childhood memories are a treasure for meAll that saidI liked MUCH of this book I LEARNED A LOT about libraries in general not ONLY in LA but my fear is I ll forget many details too I don t own this book I listened to Susan read her book as an Audiobook It s a GORGEOUS PHYSICAL BOOK I think I d continue getting value if I owned it I can t possibly hold all the details from the Audiobook alone I took notesThe parts I found interesting I remember Some parts of her book she lost me I just don t know what she was talking about so then of course I felt stupid like why haven t I heard of that book or personEverything about the fire was fascinating of course devastating in reality HORRIFIC but the THEN WHAT The examination of this nightmare was fascinating and ALL THAT FOLLOWEDbooks going to restaurants into freezers learning about water damage all the volunteers and learning all the logistics of WHAT WE NEED TO KNOWin case such devastation should ever happen again And better ways to avoid it EVER HAPPENING AGAIN Lots and lots of details answer uestions I didn t even know I had The pure knowledge was eye opening Susan s Family was inspiring to meher INCREDIBLE love for books goes without saying Her research was top notch She gave us history mystery in the similar way Erik Larson did in The Devil in the White City She gave us personal history We got a great education on how libraries run and their importance for our communities We were given history on the arson investigationTONS TO GREAT INFORMATIONButhonesty I had mixed feelings about the ENTIRE PROCESS of Susan burning a book just to have the experience from her three week prior agony as to which book to choose to the NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD description of every detailphysically emotionally mentally and spiritually in burning that book My stomach was churningand not because I m a book protecting police saint although I treat books with respect and cherish them as a live entitytoo somewhatbut because Susan s book burning story was a little over the top dramatic for me Something about it made me want to rebel from the general greatness from where this book comes fromwhich isA LOVE TRIBUTE TO OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES45 stars rating upthis book deserves it I personally didn t enjoy every part of it but I did most of it and my appreciation is much bigger than my small gripes

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review The Library Book Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 the act The Library Book accomplishes several things First Susan Orlean has researched the history of the LA Public Library and believe me it s intriguing and page turningWhen examining the fire Orlean presents a key player Though he is a suspect actor Harry Peak denies any involvement Susan Orlean tells his backstory and presents the evidence clearly and with tension in such a way that it could be on 48 Hours or Dateline Susan Orlean lovingly places her endearment for books on every page of this wonder Her love for libraries and their vital role in communities is also resonantly conveyed I don t want to say too much in this review because this book is all about the discovery It s uniue and heartwarming even in the midst of a tragedy that would hurt any bibliophile s heart More than anything it s an ode to books and a gift to those who love them Thank you to Simon Schuster for the ARC All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

  • Hardcover
  • 317
  • The Library Book
  • Susan Orlean
  • English
  • 09 February 2020
  • 9781476740188

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    E–pub Download [The Library Book] ã Susan Orlean read & download ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Susan Orlean Susan Orlean Ý 3 summary 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 summary of this book there was a lot of emphasis placed on the library fire which really drew me in I was curious to l

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    E–pub Download [The Library Book] ã Susan Orlean 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 my TBR pile I’ve been looking forward to reading it for a long time Naturally I was drawn to the ‘books about books’ aspect but was also mortified by the true crime elements Who on earth would deliberately set fire to a public library?Susan Orlean attempts to answer that

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