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Susan Orlean

Biography

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including RIN TIN TIN, SATURDAY NIGHT and THE ORCHID THIEF, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in upstate New York.

Susan Orlean

Books by Susan Orlean

written and read by Susan Orlean - History, Literature, Nonfiction

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over 30 years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library --- and if so, who? Award-winning journalist Susan Orlean investigates this legendary fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

by Susan Orlean - History, Literature, Nonfiction

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over 30 years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library --- and if so, who? Award-winning journalist Susan Orlean investigates this legendary fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

by Susan Orlean - Biography, Nonfiction

Almost 10 years in the making, Susan Orlean's first original book since THE ORCHID THIEF is a tour de force of history, human interest and masterful storytelling --- the ultimate must-read for anyone who loves great dogs or great yarns.