From the Publisher
The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back with this
delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest
profiles. Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean brings her wry
sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a
fascinating range of subjects-from the well known (Bill Blass) to
the unknown (a typical ten-year-old boy) to the formerly known (the
1960s girl group the Shaggs).
Passionate people. Famous people. Short people. And one
championship show dog named Biff, who from a certain angle looks a
lot like Bill Clinton. Orlean transports us into the lives of
eccentric and extraordinary characters-like Cristina Sánchez, the
eponymous bullfighter, the first female matador of Spain-and writes
with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they've
met each and every one of them.
The result is a luminous and joyful tour of the human condition as
seen through the eyes of the writer heralded by the Chicago Tribune
as a "journalist dynamo."