Next week, read through the end of chapter 20, which will take us through page 220 for those with a physical copy.
Great discussion last time, I was thrilled to see so many folks pop in over the course of the week. There’s still time to hop in, and I know the paperback version of The Library Book is now out if you’ve been waiting up for that.
Here’s some discussion points to kick us off this week:
What do you make of the city coming together to respond to the fire at the library?
Have you got any initial impressions of Harry Peak, the man accused of setting the fire?
In this section Orlean goes into why books and libraries are burned, from personal experience to historical. “Destroying a culture’s books is sentencing it to something worse than death: It is sentencing it to seem as it if never lived.” Did that also stick with you?
John Szabo runs the L.A. library, and naturally he’s an unfailingly wonderful person. Now that you know what a Chief Librarian does, were you like me and did you realize you do not, fundamentally, understand what a library even is anymore?
John Leonard Orr was the L.A. arson expert and arson novelist who, shocker, was also an arsonist. On a scale of 10 to 10, how wild is that?
Comment below, be nice, strike up conversations and don’t hesitate to invite new friends to join up and subscribe! We got a great conversation going last week so if you’re new don’t hesitate to jump right in!
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