Book Nook: The Library Book, by Susan Orlean


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Susan Orlean made her first appearance on the program to discuss the paperback reissue of her bestseller "The Library Book." I had wanted to interview Susan for some time. A number of years ago she wrote a book about Rin Tin Tin and I really wanted to interview her for that non-fiction history of the 1950's canine TV star but I could never arrange to get her on the schedule to do that. Then when "The Library Book" came out in hardcover I tried again to get an interview but had no luck again. I didn't give up. When the book came out recently in paperback I tried again to schedule her and voila! At last, I got it arranged. I have been reading Susan's work for years, she's a long-time staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. "The Library Book" is a fascinating history of the Los Angeles Public Library and in particular, the building that became the main facility of that library system which was eventually built in downtown Los Angeles. That building caught on fire during the 1980's and

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