(Summary) The Library Book BY Susan Orlean – Book, Kindle ePUB or eBook

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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 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 learn about it and hoped this book would provide a detailed exciting explanation Instead I found Orlean s narrative style rather choppy and lacking focus The narrative is hard to follow especially since Orlean introduces so many different story lines historical sometimes multiple historical threads going at once observational her own memories and then alternates between each one in chapters that vary in length While this usually keeps a book moving and helps me maintain focus I found it hard to remember the details of the previous section on that same topic when I returned to a chapter on that same topic Since Orlean jumps between all these topics so often it makes the whole narrative hard to follow and creates a lack of focus in general While I appreciate library history and all the other details Orlean explored I wanted to learn about the fire itself It was hard to mush all the different chapters I had read about the fire into one coherent story since all the chapters are broken up and separated I feel like this book should be marketed less as one about the fire and one about libraries or the LA central library in general I think that would have helped me tame my expectations regarding the focus of the bookMy last complaint is that sometimes Orlean gets so deep in small plot points that really have no purpose She goes on and on with small topical details about library history which especially began to grate on me in the end I felt that the book really dragged on in the end as I began to get sick of the lack of focus on the fire and the endless seemingly meaningless details about the library or libraries in general I felt like Orlean was listing trivia points for no point other than to show off all the weird things she discovered during her research It would have been nice to see all these details cohered into some sort of larger purpose but that didn t happen I really enjoyed the first half of this book but as I continued I began to get frustrated If you are curious about library history and the LA public library system then I would definitely read this book just to learn some history Orlean s writing is strong and propels the book forward at least making this a pleasurable read I did really enjoy parts of this book so I can t completely write it off Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for providing me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Folk Tales From The Soviet Union role that libraries play in our lives; 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review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Õ Susan Orlean

The Library Book

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 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 adventures her extensive research writing style and the manner in which she weaves topics and time periods together results in books I recommend to a wide variety of readers Her latest book The Library Book is an examination of libraries and their changing and essential place in communities For anyone who wonders about the relevance of libraries when books magazines and so much information is readily available on line Orlean s exploration of their continuing evolution into a community gathering place a provider of social and cultural services a place to find an abundance of printed material along with movies music and even musical instruments was captivating and very informative Orlean also writes extensively about the extremely devastating fire at the Los Angeles Public Library on April 28 1986 in which over a million books were either damaged or destroyed Alongside that she shares her personal experiences with libraries and how important they have been in her life Our visits to the library were never long enough for me The place was so bountiful I loved wandering around the bookshelves scanning the spines until something happened to catch my eye Those visits were dreamy frictionless interludes that promised I would leave richer than I arrived It wasn t like going to the store with my mom which guaranteed a tug of war between what I wanted and what my mother was willing to buy me because I could have anything I wanted in the library After we checked out I loved being in the car and having all the books we d gotten stacked on my lap pressing me under their solid warm weight their Mylar covers sticking a bit to my thighs It was such a thrill leaving a place with things you hadn t paid for such a thrill anticipating the new books we would read Her lyrical and insightful writing about books and how alive they always are should speak to anyone who loves books reading and libraries A book feels like a thing alive in this moment and also alive on a continuum from the moment the thoughts about it first percolated in the writer s mind to the moment it sprang off the printing press a lifeline that continues as someone sits with it and marvels over it and it continues on time and time and time Once words and thoughts are poured into them books are no longer just paper and ink and glue They take on a kind of human vitality I recommend this book wholeheartedly to all readers and book lovers Not to be missedThank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

summary 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 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


10 thoughts on “The Library Book

  1. says:

    chef's kiss

  2. says:

    I'm suddenly eager to run off to my local library and check out ALL THE BOOKS This book gives a lot of insight on what goes into running a library and has you growing a sense of appreciation for those who put in the the work

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 hundr

  5. says:

    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 this book is so much The way libraries have had t

  6. says:

    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 libra

  7. says:

    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 wha

  8. says:

    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 adventures her extensive research writing style and the manner in which she weaves topics and time periods together results in books I recommend to a wide variety of

  9. says:

    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 every last fact that she had uncovered about this massive fire and anything else vaguely connected Then she didn’t stop until she ha

  10. says:

    The Library Book by Susan Orlean is a 2018 Simon Schuster publication I couldn’t have been happier when this b

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