The Library Book is one that is sure to further inflame your love for libraries. Susan Orlean, a New York Journalist, tells the story of the Los Angeles Public Library’s tragic fire in 1986 in her newest book. She investigates the fire and the man who has been suspected as the arsonist for over 30 years. During this investigation, Orlean also brings compelling views and stories about the library and librarians from the past and present. “In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.” (Goodreads.com)
If you like true crimes about arson, a good book to try while you are waiting is City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt. In this book, Berendt, an author turned detective, investigates the fire of the famous Italian Fenice Opera House. This book is like a memoir of Benendt’s time in Italy investigating this fire. It is written with rich atmosphere to help you feel and see what he is describing. This is a good book to keep you warm inside during these cold months.
Looking for other books about libraries and their epic librarians? The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is another non-fiction title that will kindle your love for libraries. In this epic book, a librarian from Timbuktu attempts to rescue thousands of manuscripts from the threats of the Al Qaeda. Another great book about libraries is The Library by Stuart Kells. This book explores the beauty and wonder found in libraries and the books that they hold.
In another of Susan Orlean’s books, The Orchid Theif, Orlean follows a Florida plant dealer as he tries to steal a rare flower to clone it in an attempt to make a profit. “Orlean portrays the weirdness of it all in wonderful detail, but, ultimately, the book is primarily about passion itself and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it.”
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