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The Library Book

The Library Book

Écrit par Susan Orlean

Raconté par Susan Orlean


The Library Book

Écrit par Susan Orlean

Raconté par Susan Orlean

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4/5 (320 évaluations)
Longueur:
12 heures
Sortie:
Oct 16, 2018
ISBN:
9781508266488
Format:
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Note de l'éditeur

“Dazzling love letter”…

Part true-crime detective book, part history book filled with fascinating anecdotes, the newest book from Susan Orlean begins with a disastrous fire that consumed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986 and the subsequent search for the suspected arsonist. Delight in discovery powers this book, and Orlean feeds readers’ curiosity.

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Susan Orlean, hailed as a "national treasure" by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.

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 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 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library-and if so, who?

Weaving her life-long love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean presents a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling story as only she can. With her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, she investigates the legendary Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

To truly understand what happens behind the stacks, Orlean visits the different departments of the LAPL, encountering an engaging cast of employees and patrons and experiencing alongside them the victories and struggles they face in today's climate. She also delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from a metropolitan charitable initiative to a cornerstone of national identity. She reflects on her childhood experiences in libraries; studies fire and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and she re-examines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the library over thirty years ago. Along the way, she reveals how these buildings provide much more than just books-and that they are needed now more than ever.

Filled with heart, passion, and unforgettable characters, The Library Book is classic Susan Orlean, and an homage to a beloved institution that remains a vital part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country and culture.

Sortie:
Oct 16, 2018
ISBN:
9781508266488
Format:
Livre audio

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À propos de l'auteur

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in Los Angeles and may be reached at SusanOrlean.com and on Twitter @SusanOrlean.


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  • (5/5)
    This was wonderful! I NEED a copy in my hands ASAP!
  • (5/5)
    This is a fascinating read. I highly recommend it to book lovers and library supporters.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful read and very informative. Never knew that the LA Library had burned...
  • (5/5)
    First time I ever rested and listened to this terrific historical fact. I have been greatly educated.
    Thank you,
  • (5/5)
    I learned so much! So well researched, I loved all the directions this book went. I totally relate to the author’s love of libraries, this book is a true homage to a great institution. Highly recommend.
  • (4/5)
    This book has lead me to contemplate a career shift. I've always been a huge Library supporter, and considered getting my MLIS. Beautiful love letters to libraries all over, and the passionate and innovative librarians that create these magical spaces of community and collaboration.
  • (5/5)
    I learned so much about libraries listening to this excellent book. The author did an amazing job of weaving together the history and evolution of libraries with the case of the 1986 fire of the LA Central library. All library lovers should read or listen to this book.
  • (4/5)
    Good book, although I felt that the reader should have researched how to pronounced words in other languages better
  • (4/5)
    Wonderful. Full of information and also a mystery story. Recommended!
  • (3/5)
    This was an encyclopedic exploration of the Los Angeles library fire, the hapless man who was the main suspect, and anything else related to books and libraries. Orleans did a huge amount of research and shares it in a book that is terribly complex and hard to digest, which is why I gave it three stars.
  • (3/5)
    I know, I know. 3 star review aren't always the best (because I'm one of those judgemental people -- sorry (o.o.)\). But it's hard to review non-fiction books, at least for me though. Anyway, I really liked the premise. It was really fascinating, a great history capsule of libraries in general. There were so many things I did not know happen, and I know in part it's because I was not alive when they happened and I'm also in a state where education isn't the most funded social issue. Susan did a great job in her research of the LAPL.

    It may just have been me, but I wasn't there 100%. I did still enjoy it, just not as much as I wanted to and as much as many of my friends and co-workers. I still recommend it because I genuinely believe this is something that everyone should read and realize why libraries exists.

    Over All Rating: 3 brilliant stars
  • (5/5)
    This book is much more interesting than it sounds like it should be. It is well written and engaging. The author did a masterful job of weaving together the parts of the story. My one issue with the audio book is that the author’s breathing issue was distracting. Emphysema maybe? Her voice would catch and drop out like she had lost air. I found myself taking deep breaths for her.
  • (3/5)
    This book was well written and full of history and storytelling. It was just a bit long and had some parts of it that were just not interesting.
  • (1/5)
    This book was so SLOW! I was not a fan and it was not as mysterious and exciting as I wanted it to be.
  • (3/5)
    I'd recommend skipping the audiobook version. I think it seems too scattered on audio and I typically prefer professional narrators over authors. I'm disappointed cause I expected to live this book. I think it was "sold" as the sorry of who set the fire when it's more of a comprehensive history of the LA library.
  • (2/5)
    I couldn't even get through the first couple chapters because her voice was so distractingly grating. I'll have to try it in print.
  • (5/5)

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    I really enjoyed this book. I connected with the author on the relationship of the library and her mother. I also learned a great deal about the true workings of librarians and the library system. Though an avid reader I had no idea of the complexities of the library's efforts and the amount of outreach and services that libraries perform.

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  • (4/5)

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    A deep dive into the modern history of libraries with a special focus on the LA main library. Well written, good pace, fun read. Recommended

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  • (5/5)

    1 personne a trouvé cela utile

    I never thought I would find a book about libraries so fascinating! One of the better non fiction books I've read!

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  • (2/5)

    2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    It was very disorganized. I enjoyed the parts about the library fire and arson investigation. Some of the info about library inner workings was interesting, but a lot of it was straight up boring. It jumped around too much. I had to put it on 2x speed because the author/narrator sounded bored with her own book.

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  • (5/5)

    3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    Terrific storytelling about the specifics of the investigation of the great fire with the characters and history of the LA main library.

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  • (5/5)

    3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    The book was meticulously researched and beautifully written. I enjoyed listening to it.

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  • (5/5)

    2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    What a wonderful story tied to the author’s own love of books. A detective novel, a journey novel, and a series of fascinating historical stories that all revolve around the Los Angeles Central Library.

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  • (2/5)
    Publishers should NEVER EVER let the author read their work! I kept falling asleep to this nasally lady. The book could have been interesting but after 8 yes 8 chapters I could take no more. HOWEVER if you are an insomniac this is the book for you!