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Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch 027.479 ORL LIB (Text) 34207002195759 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Adams PL Sys. - Geneva Branch 027.479 ORL LIB (Text) 34207002195700 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria 027.479 ORL (Text) 37521530912676 AMPL Adult New Nonfiction Shelf Checked out 01/31/2019
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main 027.47 ORL (Text) 36803001072649 NONFIC Checked out 02/05/2019
Boswell Grant Twp PL - Boswell 027.479 ORL (Text) 38144000387912 Non-Fiction Available -
Brazil PL - Brazil 027.479 O (Text) 38160000606499 Second Floor, Non-Fiction Checked out 01/28/2019
Butler PL - Butler 027.47 ORL (Text) 73174005036988 Adult: Nonfiction Available -
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola 027.4794 ORL (Text) 33118000186599 Adult: New Book Available -
Centerville Center Twp PL - Centerville 027.4794 ORL (Text) 76895000300238 1st Floor New Books Checked out 01/19/2019
Clinton PL - Clinton 027.4794 IORL (Text) 36806002090312 NEW ITEMS Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781476740188
  • ISBN: 1476740186
  • ISBN: 1476740194
  • ISBN: 9781476740195
  • ISBN: 1476740208 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 9781476740201 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-317).
Summary, etc.:
"Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution--our libraries"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"On the morning of April 28, 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 false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, "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 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."--Dust jacket.
Subject: Los Angeles Public Library. Central Library > Fire, 1986.
Los Angeles Public Library. Central Library > History.
Los Angeles Public Library > Fire, 1986.
Los Angeles Public Library. Central Library > History.
Public libraries > California > Los Angeles > History.
Arson investigation.
Books.
Library materials.
Libraries > Social aspects.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
HISTORY / Social History.
Public libraries > California > Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
Arson > California > Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
Fires > California > Los Angeles.
Public libraries > Los Angeles (Calif.) > Fires and fire prevention > History.
Public libraries > Los Angeles (Calif.) > History.
Genre: True crime stories.

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