Books by Susan Orlean

THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Bibliophiles will love this fact-filled, bookish journey."
An engaging, casual history of librarians and libraries and a famous one that burned down. Read full book review >
RIN TIN TIN by Susan Orlean
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Although occasionally excessive in its claims for the ultimate significance of it all, a terrific dog's tale that will make readers sit up and beg for more."
New Yorker staff writer Orlean (My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere, 2004, etc.) follows the long and curious trail of the celebrity dog born on a World War I battlefield. Read full book review >
LAZY LITTLE LOAFERS by Susan Orlean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A chuckle-inducing rant in the fine old tradition of Martha Alexander's Nobody Asked Me If I Wanted A Baby Sister (1971). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Struggling off to school beneath a huge backpack, a disgruntled child fulminates about how her urban world seems filled with babies lolling idly about. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2005 by Susan Orlean
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"Makes up for 12 months' worth of missed magazines in one fell swoop."
Guest editor Orlean shakes some dust off this valuable 20-year-old series, serving up a tasty sampler of the year's more ruminative writing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A gathering of savories, many revelatory, each a delight and a small work of art."
Smooth and snazzy collection of travel and set pieces from New Yorker staffer Orlean (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2001

"Well-paced and good-humored: a page-turner."
A collection of vivid, engaging profiles written over the past decade by New Yorker staff writer Orlean (The Orchid Thief, 1999). Read full book review >
THE ORCHID THIEF by Susan Orlean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"As for everyone else, there's little or no narrative drive to keep all the facts and mini-narratives flowing. (Author tour)"
Expanded from a New Yorker article, this long-winded if well-informed tale has less to do with John Laroche, the "thief," than it does with our author's desire to craft a comprehensive natural and social history of what the Victorians called "orchidelirium." Read full book review >