So, now i want to buy an orchid, a pretty one. Maybe two. I enjoyed this book very much, though I found it tedious at times when author Susan Orlean steered off course, dealing more with the history -- albeit sometimes intriguing -- of the Seminoles -- than that of the orchids and their often-addicted lovers. I learned much in reading this book and would recommend it to other plant and non-fiction lovers.This is the only book I've ever read where I honestly believe photographs would have been good even though I realize they limit the imagination. The book also could have used a plant glossary, especially for the neophyte orchid and bromeliad admirers among us. It's a great book, though, and it left me wondering -- what my John Laroche be enamored with these days -- turtles, mirrors, computer porn or perhaps orchids once again? .... If you liked this book, you'll probably also like Miles Harvey's "Island of Lost Maps."