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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession [Paperback]

Item : The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession [Paperback]
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Author Author : Orlean, Susan
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 044900371X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780449003718
Publisher Publisher : Ballantine Books
Pages Pages : 320
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100433201

NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • ANEW YORK TIMESNOTABLE BOOK
 
A modern classic of personal journalism,The Orchid Thiefis Susan Orlean’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchidPolyrrhiza 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 filmAdaptation,in a new retrospective essay.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
 
Praise forThe Orchid Thief
 
“Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . .The Orchid Thiefshows [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 detail³.

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