NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ac A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleanas wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flowerathe rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindeniiaa deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of Americaas strange flower-selling subculture, through Floridaas swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orleanaand the readerawill 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 aorchid thief, a 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 Readeras Circle for author chats and more. Praise for The Orchid Thief aStylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . The Orchid Thief shows [Orleanas] gifts in full bloom.aaThe New York Times Book Review aFascinating . . . an engrossing journey [full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing.aaLos Angeles Times aOrleanas snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures.aaThe Washington Post Book World aOrleanas gifts [are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description.aaBoston Sunday Globe aA swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great.aaThe Wall Street Journal From the Trade Paperback edition.In this new edition, coming fifteen years after its initial publication and twenty years after she first met the aorchid thief, a Orlean revisits this unforgettable world, and the route by which it was brought to the screen in the film ...
|Title||:||The Orchid Thief|
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2011-07-20|