Recommended by bookseller Eleanor Franzén:
"Orlean’s been a staff writer on The New Yorker for over twenty-five years, which goes a long way towards explaining the engaging tone of this impossible-to-categorise book. It's a history of the LA Public Library and its various (highly colourful) historical personalities; it's a series of profiles on the people who work there now; it's a love letter to the concept of public libraries in general; and it's an investigation of the fire that gutted the LA Central building and destroyed half the collection in 1986, and which was presumed to be arson. Bibliophiles of all stripes will find something to love within its pages."
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