An elegant history of the Los Angeles Public Library lauds both the building that survived a fire and its vivid patrons
In Susan Orlean’s enthralling and inspirational account of the Los Angeles Public Library, she alludes to a common euphemism used by the Senegalese when someone dies, namely that “his or her library has burned”. This poetic expression, implying the loss of a great store of knowledge, came into literal focus on 29 April 1986, when the LA library caught fire, destroying more than...
MILKMAN By Anna Burns Graywolf Press, $16, 352 pages This is a bad news-bad news review. First the first bad news: I didn't like it. And the second bad news? The author may never write again. "Milkman," Anna Burns' third book, sold more than 350,000 copies in England. "Milkman" won
EREBUS: ONE SHIP, TWO EPIC VOYAGES, AND THE GREATEST NAVAL MYSTERY OF ALL TIME By Michael Palin Greystone Books, $28, 376 pages In 1841, the British explorer Sir John Franklin set a course for the Arctic with two ships, the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. The expedition was considered lost