The orchid thief
(Book)

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(0)
4 star
 
(0)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(1)
1 star
 
(0)
Published:
New York : Random House, 1998.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
x, 284 pages ; 25 cm.
Status:
Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction
635.9344 O71o
Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
635.9344 O71o
Description
In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested with rare orchids they had stolen from a wild swamp in south Florida that is filled with some of the world's most extraordinary plants and trees. Laroche had planned to clone the orchids and then sell them for a small fortune to impassioned collectors. After he was caught in the act, Laroche set off one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native Amer-ican activists, and devoted orchid collectors. The result is a tale that is strange, compelling, and hilarious.          New Yorker writer Susan Orlean followed Laroche through swamps and into the eccentric world of Florida's orchid collectors, a subculture of aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Along the way, Orlean learned the history of orchid collecting, discovered an odd pattern of plant crimes in Florida, and spent time with Laroche's partners, a tribe of Seminole Indians who are still at war with the United States.          There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of The Orchid Thief: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how seven hundred iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime. Ultimately, however, Susan Orlean's book is about passion itself, and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it. That passion is captured with singular vision in The Orchid Thief, a once-in-a-lifetime story by one of our most original journalists.
Also in This Series
Copies
Location
Call Number
Status
Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction
635.9344 O71o
On Shelf
Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
635.9344 O71o
On Shelf
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Details
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780679447399, 0679447393, 9780449003718, 044900371X

Notes

General Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-284)
Description
The author follows the story-line of John Laroche, an orchid thief, through the swamps of south Florida. His plans for cloning rare orchids and selling them to collectors have brought him to the attention of the Federal Government, environmentalists, Native Americans, and "devoted orchid collectors."
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Orlean, S. (1998). The orchid thief. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Orlean, Susan. 1998. The Orchid Thief. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Orlean, Susan, The Orchid Thief. New York: Random House, 1998.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Orlean, Susan. The Orchid Thief. New York: Random House, 1998. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
dba65e24-e157-383a-b9f4-d7d03923ca0f
Go To GroupedWorkView in Staff Client
Last File Modification TimeJan 01, 2020 11:25:30 PM
Last Grouped Work Modification TimeJan 25, 2020 11:01:09 PM

MARC Record

LEADER02042nam a2200445 a 4500
001ocm38936610
003OCoLC
00520191219080522.0
008980318s1998    nyu           000 0beng  
010 |a 98016829
020 |a 9780679447399
020 |a 0679447393
020 |a 9780449003718|q (Ballantine pbk.)
020 |a 044900371X|q (Ballantine pbk.)
040 |a DLC|c DLC|d TNN
043 |a n-us-fl
049 |a TNNA
092 |a 635.9344|b O71o
1001 |a Orlean, Susan.
24514|a The orchid thief /|c Susan Orlean.
260 |a New York :|b Random House,|c 1998.
300 |a x, 284 p. ;|c 25 cm.
500 |a Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-284)
520 |a The author follows the story-line of John Laroche, an orchid thief, through the swamps of south Florida. His plans for cloning rare orchids and selling them to collectors have brought him to the attention of the Federal Government, environmentalists, Native Americans, and "devoted orchid collectors."
60010|a Laroche, John.
60010|a Orlean, Susan.
650 0|a Nursery growers|z Florida|z Hollywood|x Biography.
650 0|a Plant collectors|z Florida|z Hollywood|x Biography.
650 0|a Polyradicion lindenii|z Florida|z Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve|x Anecdotes.
650 0|a Orchids|z Florida|z Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve|v Anecdotes.
655 7|a Biographies.|2 lcgft
655 7|a Anecdotes.|2 lcgft
898 |a qBook
898 |a qEnglish
907 |a .b13653489|b 08-11-16|c 12-08-98
910 |a CARL0000109130
949 |b 35192051831208|c 635.9344 O71o|h IN|j IN|l ANF|m PBK|s S|p 14.00|w 0|x 20191220|t 20191223|q MDS|r MDS|v 0|y 20191220|z 0
949 |b 35192019467632|c 635.9344 O71o|h MN|j MN|l ANF|m BK|s S|p 25.00|w 124|x 19990111|t 20191227|q CNV|r RAP|v 0|y 20190713|z 1
991 |a bx|a (2)mn|b 01-08-99|c m|d a|e f|f eng|g nyu|h 4|i 8
998 4|a LDR0905 20170610045156 NPUB |b ITS0906 20191219080523 MBJ 1700 |b GMU000013120180402115806 |b GMU000011920180307113044 |b LDR0905 20170610045156 NPUB