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Oranges by John McPhee (used)

Oranges by John McPhee (used)

by John McPhee

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My favorite book in an impossibly long list of books about growing oranges. Ok, the list is one book long — it only contains Oranges — but this book undoubtedly deserves to be on it and plenty of other lists. I had no idea how interesting the world of citrus growers and citrus scientists and citrus hawkers was until I read John McPhee's characteristically beautiful, funny, and easy-to-read dive into it.

This book is used, in "good" condition. This edition has the best of all the book's covers, as seen on this page. It's not my personal copy.

From Macmillan: "A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida's Indian River, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida who may be the last of the individual orange barons. McPhee's astonishing book has an almost narrative progression, is immensely readable, and is frequently amusing. Louis XIV hung tapestries of oranges in the halls of Versailles, because oranges and orange trees were the symbols of his nature and his reign. This book, in a sense, is a tapestry of oranges, too—with elements in it that range from the great orangeries of European monarchs to a custom of people in the modern Caribbean who split oranges and clean floors with them, one half in each hand."


10% of the proceeds from every order go to Sylvanaqua Farms' mutual aid fund, which is building infrastructure to end food apartheid.

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