Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 12:00 PM
A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, Susan Orlean won widespread fame for her 1998 New York Times bestseller, "The Orchid Thief", about a real-life renegade plant dealer in the swamps of South Florida. The book was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning movie Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. Orlean is the author of seven other books, including "Animalish" and "Saturday Night". In "Rin Tin Tin", Orlean reconstructs Corporal Lee Duncan’s serendipitous 1918 rescue of the German shepherd who would become his beloved companion and an enduring American icon. Bestselling author Rebecca Skloot calls the book, "an incredible story about America, the human-animal bond, and the countless ways we would be lost without dogs by our side, on our screens, and in our books."