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The library book, Susan Orlean

Label
The library book
Title
The library book
Statement of responsibility
Susan Orlean
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, patrons and staff outside 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, reaching 2000 degrees and burning for more than seven hours. It consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. More than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library -- and if so, who? Susan 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Orlean, Susan
Dewey number
027.47994/94
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
Z733.L8742
LC item number
O75 2018b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Books
  • Public libraries
  • Arson
  • Libraries
  • Libraries and society
  • Fires
  • True crime stories
Label
The library book, Susan Orlean
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 530-533)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1056202797
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
539 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432856465
Lccn
2018042156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1056202797
Label
The library book, Susan Orlean
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 530-533)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1056202797
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
539 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432856465
Lccn
2018042156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1056202797

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