The Library Book by Susan Orlean
This nonfiction book gives an account of the 1986 fire that gutted the Los Angeles Public Library. Exactly what happened remains a mystery.
Orleans researched the fire, the suspect investigators settled on, and in addition gives an interesting history of the library. This compilation of information is highly entertaining.
The book covers much, but somehow it fits together. If you love books, mysteries, or libraries, this is one to check out.
I was fascinated by the various characters’ stories. At times I felt it did ramble a bit, but I liked the material and the author’s easy to read style so much it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I’d love to read similar books about the history of other public library systems.
~American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse~
“Some people light things on fire because they feel like they have to.”
This book is a telling of the true crime story of the arson in Accomack County. For a while it seemed as if the entire county would burn to ash. The is a fascinating account of the crimes committed, how the culprits managed to elude capture so long, and what set of circumstances could lead to these strange arsons.
If you have an addiction to true crime shows this one might just hook you. I could not stop reading. Well written and meticulously researched, this book was absorbing. Not just a crime story, it is an examination of the decline of a once prosperous community, a picture of what has happened all over the United States.
This is one of those strangely twisted love stories. He did it for love.
Well drawn characters. Engaging, interesting, and good storytelling. Recommended.