The Library Book, Susan Orlean

August 14, 2019

 

Though it’s main hook was regarding the fire that took place in the LA Central Public Library in 1986, and the subsequent case against Harry Peak, an actor blamed for starting the fire, it’s really about a cast of characters that inhabit libraries, those in-charge of LAPL, the history of the library itself, and Susan’s broader story of libraries and librarians. If you enjoy libraries, which I do immensely (I live one block away from mine), the book summarizes why they are needed now more than ever considering the onslaught of social media, and incomplete sentences of the digital era.

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