Summary of The Library Book
From THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean. Copyright © 2018 by Susan Orlean. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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New Yorker writer Susan Orlean’s fascinating, meandering, fact-filled book about libraries throughout history – and more specifically, about the Los Angeles Central Library and the fire that destroyed it in 1986 – is a lyrical must-read for any bibliophile. The fire that destroyed the Central Library was the United States’ largest library fire ever, and Orlean finds no lack of drama surrounding it. She reminds readers of the bounty and serendipity of libraries and their indispensable role in community building around the world. She will engage all readers who like curling up with a good book that’s part history, part whodunit, and those who regard libraries as repositories of magic and safe harbors against a cruel world. Also the author of The Orchid Thief, Orlean has proven her ability to mine new psychological, historical and philosophical insights from almost any topic. She reproduces that feat here with wit and grace.
In this summary, you will learn
- What impact the devastating 1986 LA Central Library fire had,
- How the LA Library has evolved since its founding and
- How libraries remain relevant in the Internet era.
About the Author
New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of several books, including The Orchid Thief.