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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 and may be reached at SusanOrlean.com and Twitter.com/SusanOrlean.

Susan Orlean

Books by Susan Orlean

by Susan Orlean - History, Literature, Nonfiction, Young Adult 14+

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. More than 30 years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library? In THE LIBRARY BOOK, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger role that libraries play in our lives and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than 30 years ago.