Who knew a book about a library fire could be so interesting? I do now. The Library Book by Susan Orlean is an account of the Central Los Angeles Library fire of 1986 which destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Like a skillfully controlled fire, Orlean continuously meanders from the investigation and arson suspect to other paths, then back to the investigation. She splinters off into the history and inner workings of the library to Nazi book burnings to an eccentric long-haired, Casanova-type librarian who was pressured to resign because of the scandalous press constantly swirling around him. She explains the intensive process of preserving and restoring soggy, smoke-filled books. Ambling into collections of maps, sheet music, menus, photographs, and autographs housed in the library, she then leads us to a quick look at bookmobiles, pack horse librarians, and more before ending with the conclusion of the investigation, revealing what happened to the suspect, and the reopening of the library. Along with the diverse, fascinating detours, it was Orlean's descriptive and captivating writing kept me turning page after page. In the end this, book is sure to ignite an appreciation of all libraries whether you’re a regular patron or not.