The Library Book

By Susan Orlean

The Library Book book jacket
Added December 27, 2022

A Choose to Read Ohio selection. On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, author Susan Orlean delivers a reflection that tells the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. Orlean’s journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. Use the Choose to Read Ohio toolkit for The Library Book to plan book discussion groups or library programs. Visit Susan Orlean's website. Book jacket image and book description courtesy Simon & Schuster. Used with permission.

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