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summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Join or create book clubs Join or create book clubs ✓ 8 read & download review The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle) EW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A modern classic of personal journalism The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleans wickedly funny elegant and captivating tale of an amazing obsession Determined to clone an endangered flowerthe rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindeniia deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of Americas strange flower selling subculture through Floridas swamps and beyond along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him In the end Orleanand the readerwill have 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 essayLook for special features inside Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and Praise for The Orchid ThiefStylishly written whimsical yet sophisticated uirkily detailed and full of empathy The Orchid Thief shows Orleans gifts in full bloom The New York Times Book ReviewFascinating an engrossing journey full of theft hatred greed jealousy madness and backstabbing Los Angeles Times Orleans snapshot vivid pitch perfect prose is fast becoming one of our national treasures The Washington Post Book WorldOrleans 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 Journal. I am not someone who regularly reads non fiction but I enjoyed this book The description is vivid and takes us on a journey I found the ending very unsatisfying but I guess that s real life as opposed to fiction A neat little book

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summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Join or create book clubs Join or create book clubs ✓ 8 read & download review The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle) NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A modern classic of personal journalism The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleans wickedly funny elegant and captivating tale of an amazing obsession Determined to clone an endangered flowerthe rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindeniia deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of Americas strange flower selling subculture through Floridas swamps and beyond along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him In the end Orleanand the readerwill haverespect 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 essayLook for special features inside Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats andPraise for The Orchid ThiefStylishly written whimsical yet sophisticated uirkily detailed and full of empathyThe Orchid Thief shows Orleans gifts in full bloom The New York Times Book ReviewFascinatingan engrossing journey full of theft hatred greed jealousy madness and backstabbing Los Angeles Times Orleans snapshot vivid pitch perfect proseis fast becoming one of our national treasures The Washington Post Book WorldOrleans 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 Journal NEW. Just awesome This book came onto my radar because of its starring role in Charlie Kaufman s 2002 film Adaptation There are four main reasons this book is great1 the primary subject John Laroche to whom the book s title infamously but non exclusively refers is an extraordinarily interesting person2 the author s description of Laroche s personality as well as of her interactionsdialogue with him are amazingly written and 100% engrossing3 the secondary subject of the book is not orchids like you might expect it is actually the state of Florida and the author s descriptionsmusings on Florida itself its strangeness contrasted nature and uniueness in particular are wonderful4 there is an underlying theme that ties the whole book together and arises naturally from Laroche the other orchid collectorsthieves the author meets as well as from the author herself it is the nature of passion and as a result the book is brimming with psychological insights and flashes of wisdomCharlie Kaufman realized that this was than just a book about flowers when he read it and you will realize it too when you read it Personally I could care less about flowers but the flower that John Laroche was so passionate about the ghost orchid plays such an interesting and mysterious role in the book and is so elusive and sought after by even the author herself that by the end of the book I wanted to see one tooI highly recommend you read the book andor watch the movie in either order as this is a book wholly deserving of its starring movie role Unlike any bookmovie experience I ve ever had

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summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Join or create book clubs Join or create book clubs ✓ 8 read & download review The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle) YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A modern classic of personal journalism The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleans wickedly funny elegant and captivating tale of an amazing obsession Determined to clone an endangered flowerthe rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindeniia deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of Americas strange flower selling subculture through Floridas swamps and beyond along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him In the end Orleanand the readerwill have 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 essayLook for special features inside Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and Praise for The Orchid ThiefStylishly written whimsical yet sophisticated uirkily detailed and full of empathy The Orchid Thief shows Orleans gifts in full bloom The New York Times Book ReviewFascinating an engrossing journey full of theft hatred greed jealousy madness and backstabbing Los Angeles Times Orleans snapshot vivid pitch perfect prose is fast becoming one of our national treasures The Washington Post Book WorldOrleans 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 Journal N. You don t have to be an orchid enthusiast to enjoy this story about a Florida man employed by the Seminole Indian tribe to establish an orchid propagation business in Hollywood Florida in the 1990s It s easy to just sit back and let Orlean tell you about her adventures researching the man who became known as the Orchid Thief and the legal and illegal elements within the orchid industryOrlean was sent to cover the story of a man John Larouche arrested for poaching orchids which is a Federal crime She ended up covering not only Larouche s tale but a host of others which share a common theme an obsessive need on the part of some to find collect and grow rare orchids Larouche involvement in poaching orchids by his own account was on behalf of the Seminole tribe on land that theoretically was reserved for their use At least that was his defense As Orlean researches the case further she gets caught up trying to understand this wildly eccentric man who is not above bending rules to preserve and protect wild orchids and Incidentally of course benefit himselfOrlean wanders among the orchid crowd the scientists retailers law enforcers collectors and smugglers drawing sharply rendered portraits of those on both sides of the law She also outlines the case for less confusing laws governing the importation and classification of orchids as contrabandAlong the way Orlean is introduced to a collector of pre Columbian art and smuggler who in his youth was determined to find new plant species He began his career as a self styled Indiana Jones collecting and smuggling rare orchids out of the South American jungle She describes a thrilling mission going into the Fakahatchee swamp stepping in sinkholes battling insects avoiding alligators and oppressive heat to find a rare ghost orchid in bloomOrlean s writing is entertaining with hilarious anecdotes mixed in with the serious stories of environmental concern Much of the humor is in her encounters with Larouche she the NY writer and he the human oddity who lives by his own philosophy allowing poaching with a high minded resolveIf there is a flaw in Orlean s reporting it s her tendency to digress Although the title would imply this is a single story it s a compilation of stories that are tangential to Larouche many times But the stories are entertaining and informative nonetheless


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    Free E–pub (The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle)) By Join or create book clubs Just awesome This book came onto my radar because of its starring role in Charlie Kaufman's 2002 film Adaptation There are four main reasons this book is great1 the primary subject John Laroche to whom the book's title infamously but non exclusively refers is an extraordinarily interesting person2 the author's descriptio

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    review The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Join or create book clubs ✓ 8 read & download summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Join or create book clubs In 1994 John Laroche and three Seminole Indian men were caught leaving a Florida Wildlife Preserve with bags full of Ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii specimens They challenged the arrest on the basis of a law allowing Native tribes to violate the endangered species act Susan Orleans a columnist for The New Yorker went to Florida to get the story She befriended the weirdly charismatic Laroche gained entry to th

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    Free E–pub (The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle)) By Join or create book clubs summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Join or create book clubs You don’t have to be an orchid enthusiast to enjoy this story about a Florida man employed by the Seminole Indian tribe to establish an orchid propagation business in Hollywood Florida in the 1990s It’s easy to just sit back and let Orlean tell you about her adventures researching the man who became known as the Orch

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    Free E–pub (The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle)) By Join or create book clubs Had to study this for a university writing course but actually really fell in love with Orlean's style of writing She comes across as humble but curious; knowing she is a small part of something big that truly became worth obsessing over This book is an impressively true tale of wacky incidences and the most biz

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    Free E–pub (The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle)) By Join or create book clubs I am not someone who regularly reads non fiction but I enjoyed this book The description is vivid and takes us on a journey I found the ending very unsatisfying but I guess that's real life as opposed to fiction A neat little book

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    Free E–pub (The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle)) By Join or create book clubs Some interesting facts about orchids but little I wasn't carried by the tale Must confess I carried on for than half but couldn't get myself to finish it

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