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.
About the Author
New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of several books, including The Orchid Thief.
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