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The Orchid Thief

Number of page: 284
Author: Susan Orlean
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, 2011
ISBN: 9780449003718
Category: Biography & Autobiography

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK   A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean—and the reader—will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.   In this new edition, coming fifteen years after its initial publication and twenty years after she first met the “orchid thief,” Orlean revisits this unforgettable world, and the route by which it was brought to the screen in the film Adaptation, in a new retrospective essay.Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.   Praise for The Orchid Thief   “Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . The Orchid Thief shows [Orlean’s] gifts in full bloom.”—The New York Times Book Review
  “Fascinating . . . an engrossing journey [full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing.”—Los Angeles Times   “Orlean’s snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures.”—The Washington Post Book World   “Orlean’s gifts [are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description.”—Boston Sunday Globe   “A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great.”—The Wall Street JournalFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

About The Author

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992 and has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. She graduated from the University of Michigan and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She now lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York with her husband and son.

From the Hardcover edition.


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  • MizPurplestMizPurplest
    LibraryThing Review I really enjoyed this – a well written investigative history of Florida, plants, orchids, crazy people and a bundle of other fascinating things. No real plot but definitely a story.
  • JBD1JBD1
    LibraryThing Review The inspiration for “Adaptation,” Orlean’s book grew out of a ‘New Yorker’ article on the theft of various rare orchids in Florida by the too-strange-to-be-fictional John Laroche. It is a fabulous study of orchid culture and “orchid people,” and a richly detailed fun read.
  • TanyaTomatoTanyaTomato
    LibraryThing Review I would have thrown this book down in boredom if my friend hadn’t kept telling me that it gets better, and that it has a lot of twists. Oh wait – she saw the movie that was completley different.
  • Sandydog1Sandydog1
    LibraryThing Review A good book, too bad a movie was made with the same name.
  • bookheavenbookheaven
    LibraryThing Review Very interesting peek into the world of people obsessed with orchids.
  • marysargentmarysargent
    LibraryThing Review A wonderful, wonderful book. “A True Story of Beauty and Obsession” Such a good writer and about a subject I’m fascinated by: obsession. Very good at evoking a place: Florida. The swamps. Nicely structured.
  • jaybee2008jaybee2008
    LibraryThing Review quite possibly the most boring book i’ve ever read.
  • izze.tizze.t
    LibraryThing Review This book was orginially a piece for The New Yorker. You can tell the author had trouble stretching the material. Lots o fluff and inconsiquencial details. It felt poorly written and lost my interest, regardless of the topic.
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