The Resource The library book, Susan Orlean

The library book, Susan Orlean

Label
The library book
Title
The library book
Statement of responsibility
Susan Orlean
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The author reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history. This book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) fire, and its aftermath, to showcase the crucial role that libraries play in our lives. The author delves into the evolution of libraries around the world, from their humble beginnings to their status as a cornerstone of the community; brings the departments of the library to life through on-the-ground reporting; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL. The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 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. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library? In addition to examining the circumstances of the fire, the author delves into the history of the LAPL. The book introduces us to a cast of characters from libraries past and present - from Mary Foy; who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the LAPL at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, "The Human Encyclopedia," who roamed the library dispensing information. The book introduces readers to Charles Lummis, an eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, and to the staff in the twenty-first century, who work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.--adapted from publisher's description and end-papers
Cataloging source
CGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Orlean, Susan
Dewey number
027.4794/94
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Hello Sunshine Book Club
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Public libraries
  • Arson investigation
  • Books
  • Library materials
  • Libraries
  • Fires
Label
The library book, Susan Orlean
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Includes reader's guide: Topics & questions for discussion; A conversation with Susan Orlean
  • Added to Reese Witherspoon's book club Hello Sunshine after publication
  • "Reese's book club"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
Extent
315 pages
Isbn
9781476740195
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1123174666
  • 1001190
  • (OCoLC)on1123174666
  • 1001190
Label
The library book, Susan Orlean
Publication
Note
  • Includes reader's guide: Topics & questions for discussion; A conversation with Susan Orlean
  • Added to Reese Witherspoon's book club Hello Sunshine after publication
  • "Reese's book club"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
Extent
315 pages
Isbn
9781476740195
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1123174666
  • 1001190
  • (OCoLC)on1123174666
  • 1001190

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