My wife read and loved this book; we discussed her progress daily. I'm an aficionado of the original architect and know the architect who did the restoration and addition. Can vividly remember the first time coming across the pre-fire Central Library, at night, just around the corner from my hotel: it was stunning, way exotic even by LA standards. And even better as restored, if you can somehow overlook the loss of hundreds of thousands of books, many of them irreplaceable documents of early Southland history. If you care about libraries -- and why would you be reading a library string otherwise? -- you will likely find this a valuable read.