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Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.
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I enjoyed this book. Much longer than I expected, but it moves along well enough. I believe it has been called a love letter to libraries, and that seems apt. If you aren't already a lover of libraries, this book will make you want to discover what you've been missing. I like how each chapter has a preview of its content using titles of actual books (and their shelf location). Cute. I also liked how the framework for the book is the LA library fire and the unfolding story around it. On that scaffold you get a history of libraries (american version) and a look at all the services the current library provides, as well as a glimpse into the careers of some librarians. Those three or four themes are woven through (with the authors own library experiences) to create a very readable non-fiction story. Enjoyable. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
I wouldn’t recommend the audiobook as it’s read by the author, but I feel that most authors shouldn’t read their own books; it’s just not that good, and I had to go into super speed to finish it. The book itself is some lovely reporting and history of the Central Library in LA. It’s a very interesting telling of a story I knew nothing about (which is weird considering I went to graduate school for library science—it’s a good story to talk about with budding librarians). ( )
  spinsterrevival | Nov 11, 2020 |
A wonderful book about libraries and the joys of reading. It's the history of the Los Angeles public library and it is fascinating ( )
  dandailey | Nov 8, 2020 |
Susan Orlean's excellent work of narrative nonfiction focuses on the Los Angeles Central Library, particularly on the April 29, 1986 fire that severely damaged the building. Orlean examines the history and aftermath of the fire and reconstruction through interviews of past and current library employees and an examination of the library's history to its origins over a century ago. The book also tells the story of Harry Peak, a young aspiring actor and attention seeker who became a leading arson suspect. The cause of the fire remains unsolved to this day. ( )
  Othemts | Nov 3, 2020 |
Loved this book - although it purports to be about the fire which devastated the LA Central library in 1986, it is actually about what libraries are, and why in the age of Google we still need them. I found it uplifting, and I rejoiced at the human spirit around the world which defends and maintains Libraries of every kind. ( )
  herschelian | Nov 2, 2020 |
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On 29 April 1986 Los Angeles Central Library went up in flames. ... Susan Orlean has a knack for finding compelling stories in unlikely places. ... Orlean uses the fire to ask a broader question about just what public libraries are for and what happens when they are lost. You might not perhaps have LA pegged as the most bookish city, yet right from its inception in 1873, the central library attracted a higher proportion of citizens through its doors than anywhere else in the US. By 1921 more than a thousand books were being checked out every hour. The reason for that, Orlean suggests, is that LA has always been a city of seekers – first came the gold prospectors and the fruit growers, then the actors and the agents, and then all the refugees from the dust bowl prairies. No one was as solid or as solvent as they liked to appear, everyone was looking for clues about how to do life better.

This was where the library came in, providing the instruction manual for a million clever hacks and wheezes. In the runup to prohibition in 1920 every book on how to make homemade hooch was checked out and never returned. Five years later a man called Harry Pidgeon became only the second person to sail solo around the world, having got the design for his boat from books borrowed from the LA public library. More mundanely, the library quickly became the chief centre for free English language classes in the city, a service that it continues to provide for its huge immigrant population today.

It is this sense of a library as a civic junction that most interests Orlean. ... Or, as she puts it: "Every problem that society has, the library has, too; nothing good is kept out of the library, and nothing bad."
tillagd av Cynfelyn | ändraThe Guardian, Kathryn Hughs (Feb 16, 2019)
 
“The Library Book” is, in the end, a Whitmanesque yawp, bringing to life a place and an institution that represents the very best of America: capacious, chaotic, tolerant and even hopeful, with faith in mobility of every kind, even, or perhaps especially, in the face of adversity.
tillagd av tim.taylor | ändraThe Wall Street Journal, Jane Kamensky (betaljsajt) (Oct 11, 2018)
 

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Memory believes before knowing remembers.
---William Faulkner, Light in August
And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering.
---Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
---Jorge Luis Borges, Dreamtigers
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For Edith Orlean, my past
For Austin Gillespie, my future
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Even in Los Angeles, where there is no shortage of remarkable hairdos, Harry Peak attracted attention.
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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 after time after time.
The idea of being forgotten is terrifying. I fear not just that I, personally will be forgotten, but that we are all doomed to being forgotten---that the sum of life is ultimately nothing; that we experience joy and disappointment and aches and delights and loss, make our little mark on the world, and then we vanish, and the mark is erased, and it is as if we never existed.
Taking books away from a culture is to take away its shared memory. It's like taking away the ability to remember your dreams. Destroying a culture's books is sentencing it to something worse than death. It is sentencing it to seem as if it never lived.
Pigeons the color of concrete marched in a bossy staccato around the suitcases.
There was a sense of stage business—that churn of activity you can't hear or see but you feel at a theater in the instant before the curtain rises—of people finding their places and things being set right, before the burst of action begins.
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