The library book

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(3)
4 star
 
(0)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(1)
1 star
 
(1)
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
2018.
Language:
English
Description
A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018 "A constant pleasure to read...Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book ." -- The Washington Post "CAPTIVATING...DELIGHTFUL." -- Christian Science Monitor * "EXQUISITELY WRITTEN, CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING." -- The New York Times * "MESMERIZING...RIVETING." -- Booklist (starred review) A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution--and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries--from the bestselling author hailed as a "national treasure" by The Washington Post . 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 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--and if so, who? Weaving 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 uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. In 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 more than thirty years ago. Along 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 head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. 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 L.A. 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 serves. Brimming 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 more 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 more necessary than ever.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781476740188
9781508266471
9781508266488
9781432856465
9781476740201
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 840e40f7-d4f9-a0eb-7e00-eea76932c405
Grouping Title library book
Grouping Author orlean susan
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-04-24 17:01:54PM
Last Indexed 2019-04-24 17:03:01PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Orlean, Susan,
author_display Orlean, Susan
collection_catalog Audiobook, New, New Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Bellevue - Adult New, Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction, Donelson - Adult Non-Fiction, East - Adult Non-Fiction, Edgehill - Adult Non-Fiction, Edmondson Pike - Adult New, Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction, Goodlettsville - Adult Non-Fiction, Green Hills - Adult New, Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction, Hermitage - Adult New, Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction, Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction, Looby - Adult Non-Fiction, Madison - Adult New, Main Library - Adult Audiobook, Main Library - Adult New, Main Library - Adult New Non-Fiction, Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction, Old Hickory - Adult Non-Fiction, Richland Park - Adult New, Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction, Southeast - Adult New, Southeast - Adult Non-Fiction, Thompson Lane - Adult Non-Fiction
display_description A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

"A constant pleasure to read...Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book." —The Washington Post

"CAPTIVATING...DELIGHTFUL." —Christian Science Monitor * "EXQUISITELY WRITTEN, CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING." —The New York Times * "MESMERIZING...RIVETING." —Booklist (starred review)

A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries—from the bestselling author hailed as a "national treasure" by The Washington Post.
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 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—and if so, who?

Weaving 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 uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

In 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 more than thirty years ago.

Along 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 head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. 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 L.A. 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 serves.

Brimming 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 more 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 more necessary than ever.
format_catalog Book, CD audio book, Large Print Book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id 840e40f7-d4f9-a0eb-7e00-eea76932c405
isbn 9781432856465, 9781476740188, 9781476740201, 9781508266471, 9781508266488
item_details ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961006|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||BL||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961014|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||BL||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961022|Donelson - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||DO||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961030|East - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||EA||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961048|Edgehill - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||EH||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961055|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||EP||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961063|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||In Transit for Hold||EP||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961071|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||GH||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961089|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||In Transit for Hold||GH||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961097|Goodlettsville - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||GO||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961105|Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||HM||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961113|Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||HM||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961121|Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||IN||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961139|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MN||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961147|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MN||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961154|Old Hickory - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||OH||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961162|Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||RP||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961170|Southeast - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||SE||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961188|Southeast - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||SE||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192050961196|Thompson Lane - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||TL||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051109811|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051109829|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051109837|Goodlettsville - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||GO||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051109845|Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||In Transit for Hold||IN||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051109852|Looby - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||LO||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051109860|Southeast - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||SE||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051110397|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||In Transit for Hold||MN||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051222986|Bellevue - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||BL||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051222994|Edmondson Pike - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||EP||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223000|Green Hills - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223018|Hermitage - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||HM||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223026|Madison - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MA||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223034|Main Library - Adult New Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MN||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223042|Richland Park - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||RP||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223059|Southeast - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||SE||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051223067|Madison - Adult New|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MA||, ils:CARL0000740981|35192051441727|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||In Transit for Hold||BL||, ils:CARL0000740981|QQ00336390|Hillsboro High - Teen Non-Fiction|027 ORL|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||66435||, ils:CARL0000740981|QQ00350440|Nashville School of the Arts - Teen Non-Fiction|027 ORL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||62242||, ils:CARL0000740981|QQ00353178|Glencliff High - Teen Non-Fiction|027 ORL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||64325||, ils:CARL0000740981|TT00014559|Hillsboro High - Teen Non-Fiction|027.47 Orl|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||66435||, ils:CARL0000752126|35192051091019|Bellevue - Adult New|CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000752126|35192051091027|Green Hills - Adult New|CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000752126|35192051091035|Main Library - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MN||, ils:CARL0000752126|35192051118275|Bellevue - Adult New|CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000752126|35192051118283|Green Hills - Adult New|CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000752126|35192051118291|Main Library - Adult New|CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000762002|35192051225195|Edmondson Pike - Adult New|027.4794 O715L Large Type|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||EP||, ils:CARL0000762002|35192051225211|Madison - Adult New|027.4794 O715L Large Type|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||MA||, ils:CARL0000762002|35192051225229|Main Library - Adult New|027.4794 O715L Large Type|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MN||, ils:CARL0000762002|35192051424319|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L Large Type|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000762002|35192051424327|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|027.4794 O715L Large Type|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||GH||, overdrive:77cb649a-401d-4d26-8050-feb8a8eeaeff|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|30|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||, overdrive:964d3735-3a72-42ce-a7c8-be325694d30b|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|20|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Checked Out||||
itype_catalog , Book, CD audio book, Large Print Book
last_indexed 2019-04-24T22:03:01.308Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 027.4794 O715L, 027.4794 O715L Large Type, CD AUDIO 027.4794 O715L
local_time_since_added_catalog Year
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Donelson, East, Edgehill, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Goodlettsville, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Inglewood, Looby, Madison, Madison Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Old Hickory, Richland Park, Southeast, Thompson Lane
primary_isbn 9781476740188
publishDate 2018
record_details ils:CARL0000740981|Book|Books|First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.|English|Simon & Schuster,|2018.|317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm, ils:CARL0000752126|CD audio book|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Audioworks, imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio,|2018.|10 audio discs (approxomately 12 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in., ils:CARL0000762002|Large Print Book|Books|Large print edition.|English|Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,|2018.|539 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm., overdrive:77cb649a-401d-4d26-8050-feb8a8eeaeff|eBook|eBook||English|Simon & Schuster|2018|, overdrive:964d3735-3a72-42ce-a7c8-be325694d30b|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Simon & Schuster Audio|2018|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000752126 35192051091019 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000752126 35192051091035 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000752126 35192051118291 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000752126 35192051118275 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000752126 35192051118283 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000752126 35192051091027 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000762002 35192051225229 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000762002 35192051225211 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000762002 35192051424319 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000762002 35192051424327 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000762002 35192051225195 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223059 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961063 Checked Out In Transit for Hold false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961089 Checked Out In Transit for Hold false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961097 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051222994 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961048 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223042 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223018 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051109852 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051109811 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961196 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223034 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051222986 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961188 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961113 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961055 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961006 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051109829 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961030 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223067 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961162 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051110397 Checked Out In Transit for Hold false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051441727 Checked Out In Transit for Hold false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961121 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961105 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961022 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961071 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961170 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051109860 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051109837 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961139 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223000 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051223026 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961014 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961147 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192051109845 Checked Out In Transit for Hold false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000740981 35192050961154 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
overdrive:77cb649a-401d-4d26-8050-feb8a8eeaeff -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
overdrive:964d3735-3a72-42ce-a7c8-be325694d30b -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
series Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction
series_with_volume Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction|
subject_facet Arson -- California -- Los Angeles, Arson -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century, Audiobooks, Books -- Conservation and restoration -- California -- Los Angeles, Fires -- California -- Los Angeles, Foy, Mary Emily, -- 1862-1962, Large type books, Libraries and society, Library buildings -- Fires and fire prevention -- California -- Los Angeles, Library materials -- Conservation and restoration -- California -- Los Angeles, Los Angeles Public Library -- Fire, 1986, Los Angeles Public Library. -- Central Library -- Fire, 1986, Los Angeles Public Library. -- Central Library -- History, Lummis, Charles Fletcher, -- 1859-1928, Public libraries -- California -- Los Angeles -- History
title_display The library book
title_full The Library Book, The library book / Susan Orlean
title_short The library book
title_sub
topic_facet Arson, Books, Conservation and restoration, Fire, 1986, Fires, Fires and fire prevention, Foy, Mary Emily, History, Large type books, Libraries and society, Library buildings, Library materials, Lummis, Charles Fletcher, Nonfiction, Public libraries