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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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it was amazing

In an engaging style without melodrama, Orlean weaves the story of the 1986 LA Library fire with the co-history of the library itself and the city of Los Angeles. While I can't say it made me *like* LA, this book left me with an appreciation for the city and with a lot to ponder about the role of libraries as places of radical inclusion and spaces for connection to community as well as to books and information.

Of course, this is from someone who started listening to this book on the drive up to LA for the express purpose of visiting the Central Library with her family, but I suspect there will be something in the story (Arson! Mystery! Prevarication!) to engage even those not already in love with libraries.

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Reading Progress

January 2, 2020 – Started Reading
January 2, 2020 – Shelved
January 8, 2020 – Finished Reading

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