The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief

Book - 1998
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
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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.
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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.

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Praise for The Orchid Thief
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"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
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"Fascinating . . . an engrossing journey [full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing." -- Los Angeles Times
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"Orlean's snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures." -- The Washington Post Book World
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"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
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"A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great." -- The Wall Street Journal
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449003718
044900371X
9780679447399
0679447393
Branch Call Number: 635.9344 Orlean 1998
Characteristics: x, 284 p. ;,25 cm.

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yontichat
Jan 06, 2017

Loved this book - it made me laugh out loud as well - but this is a winner for sure - can at times get a little too much into details about things that needent be - but overall i loved this book

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kelperhelper09
Sep 13, 2012

Such a great book and I recommend it for all native americans and lovers of orchids! Very good style of writing!

daymakerdave May 10, 2011

Well I now know more about Florida and collection orchids than I ever imagined. This book is interesting in it's very in depth look at the wierd and wild world of rare orchid collectors. Interesting but by about page 175 I couldn't care less. If you want to know absolutely everything about orchids then you'll like this. If you're looking for a story about orchids or the theft of them, you will be dissappointed.

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ssteinwedel
Nov 18, 2009

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