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Book Club Favorites Pick: The Library Book

In her new book, bestselling author Susan Orlean captures the world of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
Posted on Oct 3, 2019 | 05:30pm
By Simon Diamond Cramer

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 28, 1986 — A fire alarm splits the morning air at the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire rips through the building, incinerating four hundred thousand books and damaging seven hundred thousand more over the seven hours it takes to extinguish. Investigators swarm the scene and declare it an arson, but over thirty years later, two questions remain: Who set the fire? And why?

With style as incendiary as her subject, New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean dives deep into the mystery in The Library Book. Along the way, she also explores the history of libraries and their enduring, vital role in our lives.

At once a mystery, a tragedy, and a love letter to the written word, Susan Orlean's bestseller, The Library Book, is a "delightful...reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America" (New York magazine).

Read and discuss The Library Book all month long! Get a handy reading group guide via the official book page.

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