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The library book

Orlean, Susan.
Being a librarian, I may be a wee bit biased, but I absolutely loved this genre-busting book by Susan Orlean (a beloved non-fiction writer who had the unique distinction of being portrayed by Meryl Streep in the Charlie Kaufmann movie, Adaptation). Orlean has a way of going off on beautiful, head-spinning tangents, beginning with the bizarre true crime story of the 1986 burning of the LA Public Library and going in a million different directions, all of them intriguing and informative, from notes on arson investigations to frontier women, book theft by Hollywood movie studios and Ray Bradbury. What starts as the portrait of a strange and singular crime becomes an epic vision of how communities come together to share stories and knowledge in ways both small and grand.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)