The Library Book

The Library Book by Susan Orlean is not just for library enthusiasts! It is an engrossing, beautifully written saga of the ferocious fire that burned at the main branch of the Los Angeles library in 1989. The terrible event is the basis for a wide-ranging thought piece on libraries, public spaces, mother-daughter relationships, the settlement of California, arson and the history of Los Angeles. It’s gripping and well researched and full of human interest. You may surprise yourself at how quickly you turn the pages of this masterful book. (Non-Fiction)