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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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I picked this one up and put it back down a couple of times, but I think that's mostly because I've read so much non-fiction recently that my brain hurt. Susan Orlean takes readers on a fantastic journey through the history of libraries with a focus on the LA Central Library fire of 1986. While that's interesting and central to this book, I was more fascinated by the rabbit holes I fell down with her in the process. I learned about arsons, the heat of a fire, the process of rehabilitating books after a fire, how libraries adapted to the rapid technological advances of the last several decades, and the special passion of a librarian. I walked away from this learning so much more than just about a fire in LA. Libraries are cultural cornerstones of communities, the original table open to everyone.

"All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library's simple unspoken promise: Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen."
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Reading Progress

January 5, 2019 – Shelved
January 5, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 30, 2019 – Started Reading
May 31, 2019 – Finished Reading

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