The Library Book (Large Print / Library Binding)

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For all you libraries lovers out there The Library Book is fascinating. I say this because, for one thing I’m still thinking about it! Staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Rin Tin Tin & The Orchid Thief among others, Susan Orlean’s research on this stunning time in Los Angeles was amazing. If you want to step back a little and remember your earlier days at the library, and hear about some library history, this is the book! ~Kathie 

— Kathie

November 2018 Indie Next List


“There is no one better at investigating the fascinating stories hiding in plain sight than Susan Orlean. The vivid descriptions of the fire that engulfed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986 are burnished by the meticulous research she did on the history of libraries and on the shocking event that resulted in the destruction and damage of over one million books. The mystery of who would start such a fire is woven between stories of eccentric librarians and the transformation of Los Angeles in the 20th century. From memories of the blissful hours spent in the library of her youth to the historical significance of these repositories of our past, Orlean has crafted a love letter to the importance of the written word and those who devote their lives to its preservation.”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432856465
ISBN-10: 1432856464
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: October 17th, 2018
Language: English