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The Resource The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief

Label
The Orchid Thief
Title
The Orchid Thief
Statement of responsibility
Susan Orlean
Title variation
Adaptation
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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
Summary
Describes the life and times of John Laroche, a plant smuggler and orchid thief, and the eccentric world of Florida's obsessed collectors of rare plants
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Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2000.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 1999.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 1999
Biography type
individual biography
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155491
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
635.934409759
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
The Orchid Thief
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:98130efb-3e0d-4065-90a2-d786959faa00
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307795298
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Orchid Thief
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:98130efb-3e0d-4065-90a2-d786959faa00
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780307795298
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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