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Susan Orlean is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. She graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as a reporter in Portland, Oregon, and Boston, Massachusetts. Orlean is the author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The visa mer Life and Legend. She now lives in New York City and can be reached via the internet at (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Three stories in one: the devastation fire of la central library, the history of la central library, library culture and history with personal reflections by Orlean. A paean to libraries. Fascinating and interesting.
BookyMaven | 267 andra recensioner | Dec 6, 2023 |
Beautiful ode to libraries, with lots of interesting history and a true-crime mystery to boot. Loved it.
soonertbone | 267 andra recensioner | Dec 2, 2023 |
Once upon a time, some 25 years ago, I went to a small orchid show at the Royal Botanical Gardens in southern Ontario, Canada. I wasn't a real fan of orchids before that show, but orchids turned out to be pretty interesting, some even beautiful, when all gathered together in one room. I bought an orchid for my kitchen windowsill. The flowers were green, a green with a yellowy undertone. Despite hearing about how difficult they are to keep alive, and my own lack of success growing any plant at any point, the orchid stayed alive for years. It took minimal tending, minimal water, and just sat there and looked pretty. Eventually it died, but some day I may get another.

I'm never going to be obsessed with orchids like the people in this book. When I say obsessed, I am meaning the sort of lust for orchids that supercedes the criminal justice system, which comes into play when you steal them from a swamp in Florida on state land, which is illegal, hence the word "steal". Some orchids are endangered species, and stealing them contravenes federal laws about the removal or killing of them. There are rich people who will spend tens of thousands of dollars to own some of the rarer species. There are break-ins, schemes, park rangers, the heat of Florida in summer, the Seminole Indian tribe, deep, dangerous swamps, and alligators.

At the middle of all this mess is John Laroche, whose trial for orchid-snatching drew author Susan Orlean to see his trial, and eventually to follow the madmen and women who populate this book all round southern Florida. She visits nurseries, swamps, orchid shows, orchid fanciers, judges, prosecuting attorneys, and anyone else who will talk to her about the deep obsession that fascinates her. Orlean tells John Laroche that she doesn't collect anything, but she's wrong, I think. She collects strange people, flies and drives thousands of miles to speak to them, collecting their stories and them in a way that has made her a successful journalist. The Laroche story was published in The New Yorker, which is how you know you've made it if you're an American journalist.

It was a great story. Orlean is drily funny, and laugh-out-loud funny sometimes too. I read another of her books, The Library Book, which I only half-heartedly liked, but this book I enjoyed mightily. I like hearing about strange people, about things I know nothing about, like orchids and bromeliads and swamps, and this book left me quite satisfied. If you want weird, I recommend this book.
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ahef1963 | 71 andra recensioner | Nov 15, 2023 |
I am so grateful for this book. I read only a little at a time because I wanted to savor every chapter. This has skyrocketed to one of my top ten, maybe five, favorite books of all time.
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