LeRoy Evening Book Club
Rare books are missing from the New York Public Library
Fiona Davis uses the New York Public Library as the setting for “Lions of Fifth Avenue.” Two generations of strong women put pieces together to solve the mystery of missing rare books. 1913-Laura Lyons wants more than being a wife and mother, a journalist. When she pursues this goal her family falls apart and books go missing. 1993-Sadie Donavan, Granddaughter of essayist, Laura Lyons , is curator for the Berg Collection and items disappear and she is a suspect. She uses information from the past and present to solve both mysteries.. We learn about the New York Public Library, there was an apartment in the library where the curator lived, the marble lions guarding the entrances had names, dumb waiters were used to move books floor to floor. A question was asked, “How important is the written word?” Members had a good discussion on this question. Our Library seems small compared to the New York Public Library but we would be lost without it.