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The library book

Author
Orlean, Susan, author.
Title
The library book / Susan Orlean.
Format
Book
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Published
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2018.
Description
317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-317).
Summary
"Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution--our libraries"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 more than thirty years ago"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, "Once that first stack got going, it was 'Goodbye, Charlie." 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--and, if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. In 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 more than thirty years ago. Along 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 head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. 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 L.A. 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 serves. Brimming 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 more 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 more necessary than ever."--Dust jacket.
Subject headings
Los Angeles Public Library. Central Library--Fire, 1986.
Los Angeles Public Library. Central Library--History.
Los Angeles Public Library--Fire, 1986.
Public libraries--California--Los Angeles--History.
Arson investigation.
Books.
Library materials.
Libraries--Social aspects.
Public libraries California Los Angeles History 20th century.
Arson California Los Angeles History 20th century.
Genre heading
True crime stories.
History.
True crime stories.
ISBN
9781476740188 (hardcover)
1476740186 (hardcover)
9781476740201 (ebook)
9781476740195 (trade paperback)
1476740194
9781476740195
1476740208 (ebook)
9781476740201 (ebook)

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Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
Z733.L8742 O75 2018
Location
Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
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10th Floor, East Tower
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Columbus - University Library of Columbus
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Z733.L8742 O75 2018
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Stacks
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Z733.L8742 O75 2018
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Z733.L8742 O75 2018
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Checked out Due: 10-16-2020