Susan Orlean at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas in 2018.
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Susan Orlean at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas in 2018.

Why Susan Orlean loves libraries

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New Yorker writer Susan Orlean joins Bill Radke to talk about her latest book, "The Library Book."

"The Library Book" tells the story of the largest library fire in the history of the United States, at the Los Angeles Central Library in April 1986.

Susan Orlean

New Yorker writer Susan Orlean tells the story of the Los Angeles Central Library fire and talks about why we love libraries and books.

"I think libraries feel somehow almost sacred. They don't feel like anywhere else,"  says Orlean. "And when I walk into a library the first thing I do inevitably is just to sort of gasp. This feeling of such bounty ... In a sense, we're kind of connecting with all the other people who've shared the same book. And the stories are being carried on from one person to another, from one generation to another. I think that's one of the elements that makes libraries feel so special -- that sense of community and sharing."