Year 13, Book 76

76. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This book is part memoir, part true crime, and part a love letter to libraries. Orleans frames the book around the 1984 arson fire that burned L.A’s Central Library. She examines the fire itself and the potential suspects in true crime fashion, but that is only a portion of the book. She also looks deeply into the history of the L.A. library itself and talks about all the work that the library and others like it are doing today. She frames it all around her own experience with libraries and books. The history of the library’s directors is almost worth the read itself. It’s kind of crazy. It’s definitely worth a read. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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