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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... show more



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.

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Birth date: October 31
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LostBetweenThePages
LostBetweenThePages rated it 2 weeks ago
Susan Orleans' story about the LAPL fire in the 1980s is really an amazing piece of writing. It not only is a great book advocating and promoting public libraries and their mission, but also is a harrowing telling of the fire that destroyed a huge amount of the library's collection and almost the li...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 3 months ago
In April 1986 the Los Angeles Public Library central branch had a fire that destroyed much of its inventory. We did not hear about it since Chernobyl happened at the same time. So much was lost. I liked how the book was set up. She talked about the fire and the investigation into it. She spoke ...
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Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it 4 months ago
Years ago, my husband gave me a copy of The Orchid Thief as a gift. This was back before I ventured much into non-fiction, and one of those gifts that he figured would be great because we could both read it. While we are completely in sync in our love for books, we have our differences when it comes...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it 5 months ago
I just have to say “wow!” I never expected this book to be packed with so much information. At times, it almost felt overwhelming. Centered around the 1986 Los Angeles library fire which burned for more than 7 hours and consumed 400,000 books, this book is not just about that fire. This book is abou...
Reading For The Heck Of It
Reading For The Heck Of It rated it 1 year ago
Right after I joined the library where I'm currently working the (now retired) Library Manager gave me an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) of a book that he said I'd "really like". Since we had known each other less than a week I took it at face value and slipped it into my desk drawer. Three months lat...
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