The Library Book

The Library Book by Susan Orleans (of The Orchid Thief, which I loved), is everywhere. Reese Witherspoon chose it for her book club and the NYT chose it as a best book – I see it all over the place. And, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t LOVE it. It was a bit schizophrenic – all over the place and covering rangy topics in random order – but it was interesting nonetheless. On the surface, it’s the story of the LA Central Library which caught fire in 1986. Embedded in this tale are all kinds of other related library stories. I am not sure what would have made me like it better. Again, it was certainly interesting, but I found myself skimming sections which weren’t really of interest and not loving it as much as I thought I might.

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