[New] (The Library Book) Author Susan Orlean

  • Hardcover
  • 317
  • The Library Book
  • Susan Orlean
  • English
  • 08 October 2020
  • 9781476740188

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review Æ The Library Book ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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 to change and adapt in light of our electronic obsession in order to stay viable in our communities In a engaging manner she takes the reader through history past libraries like that in Alexandria that burned than once Book burnings and Bradbury s writing of Farenheit 451 as a warning to the future Books mean so much contain so much as do libraries readers authors they are the benchmark and the means of holding and spreading ideas knowledge and yes of course entertainment A story with a focal point but one that goes back and forth with so much interesting tidbits in between Read itThe fire in Los Angeles and it s effect on their librarians and patrons A community pulling together to raise money to replace what they could The man suspected of starting the fire his past as well as those of the people responsible for running this library system

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review Æ The Library Book ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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 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 what Susan said I could have done that anywhere I like the idea of doing it in LA out of this contrarian idea that people don t associate libraries with LA which made it kind of delectable That said the 1986 fire forgive me was a sparkThe reason I find Susan s comment about folks not associating libraries with Los Angelesis because I never really thought about it but she s absolutely right She s so right it wasn t even in my consciousness at all and I live in California with family throughout LA I also never heard of this fire shows you how asleep I was and every LA person in my life too My youngest daughter was a year old in 1986 Everything in this book was new to me This past year I ve used the public library system daily a zillion times in one year at age 66than ALL my past years combined Some readers might be appalled aghast at such horror I m only telling the truth I wasn t much of a reader as a kid I remember some lovely walks I took alone or with a friend to the library as a child to listen to the storytelling lady but reading wasn t encouraged in my family Not really Actually nothing was encouraged other than good behavior at school and elsewhere Many of you have heard this before I m a very late bloomer passionate reader I fell in love with reading for pleasure accidentally as an adult the year the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls came out in the year 2006 I ve already shared my reading process in my Glass Castle reviewPoint isI didn t come close to having the experience that Susan Orlean had with books and reading as she did I don t have mom me reading memories to draw on and my dad died when I was 4 I m sincerely grateful to Susan Orlean other authors with similar writing skills to my long time reader friends hearing their childhood memories are a treasure for meAll that saidI liked MUCH of this book I LEARNED A LOT about libraries in general not ONLY in LA but my fear is I ll forget many details too I don t own this book I listened to Susan read her book as an Audiobook It s a GORGEOUS PHYSICAL BOOK I think I d continue getting value if I owned it I can t possibly hold all the details from the Audiobook alone I took notesThe parts I found interesting I remember Some parts of her book she lost me I just don t know what she was talking about so then of course I felt stupid like why haven t I heard of that book or personEverything about the fire was fascinating of course devastating in reality HORRIFIC but the THEN WHAT The examination of this nightmare was fascinating and ALL THAT FOLLOWEDbooks going to restaurants into freezers learning about water damage all the volunteers and learning all the logistics of WHAT WE NEED TO KNOWin case such devastation should ever happen again And better ways to avoid it EVER HAPPENING AGAIN Lots and lots of details answer uestions I didn t even know I had The pure knowledge was eye opening Susan s Family was inspiring to meher INCREDIBLE love for books goes without saying Her research was top notch She gave us history mystery in the similar way Erik Larson did in The Devil in the White City She gave us personal history We got a great education on how libraries run and their importance for our communities We were given history on the arson investigationTONS TO GREAT INFORMATIONButhonesty I had mixed feelings about the ENTIRE PROCESS of Susan burning a book just to have the experience from her three week prior agony as to which book to choose to the NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD description of every detailphysically emotionally mentally and spiritually in burning that book My stomach was churningand not because I m a book protecting police saint although I treat books with respect and cherish them as a live entitytoo somewhatbut because Susan s book burning story was a little over the top dramatic for me Something about it made me want to rebel from the general greatness from where this book comes fromwhich isA LOVE TRIBUTE TO OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES45 stars rating upthis book deserves it I personally didn t enjoy every part of it but I did most of it and my appreciation is much bigger than my small gripes

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review Æ The Library Book ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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 to keep everything afloat It s kind of shaped as a true crime book but evolves into a love letter to books libraries At times it was a whiplash experience for me in terms of enjoyment as I didn t always find much interest in some of the things that were being explored but then something would pull me in and I d be right back in the zone