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The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
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Sep 17, 2007

really liked it
Read in January, 2002

If you haven't figured it out by now, I like histories and I like learning how people--usually real people-- live their lives in their particular environment.

This has both: learn the history of the orchid and discover a subculture of crazed flower lovers in Florida. I knew nothing about orchids when I started reading this-- it made me want to know more. 'Why are people obsessed? ... Huh, that is kind of interesting... what an intriguing little flower!' It made me covet my own orchid (could I keep it alive?) and it made me secretly want to spend an entire day with them at the botanical garden.
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Nat Your review has me curious: what other books would you recommend based on your interest in "how people -- usually real people -- live their lives in their particular environment?" :o) Thanks in advance!


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