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Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean.. Orchid Thief author writes the bio of the dog who was, at one time (and for a long time), Hollywood’s biggest star. This book is thoroughly researched, but reads like a high-voltage adventure. Sit! Read!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Do dogs deserve biographies? In “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend,” Susan Orlean answers that question resoundingly in the affirmative, while also asking a harder one: Can a dog deserve an Oscar? At the first Academy Awards, presented in 1929, the charismatic German shepherd who fought off gangs of villains in movies like “Clash of the Wolves” and “Jaws of Steel” won the vote count for best actor, but the Academy blinked, recalculated and gave the honor instead to Emil Jannings."

The New York Times

"The book is less about a dog than the prototypes he embodied and the people who surrounded him. It is about story-making itself, about devotion, luck and heroes. . . . Ultimately, the reader is left well nourished and in awe of both Orlean’s reportorial devotion and at her magpie ability to find the tiniest sparkling detail."

The San Francisco Chronicle

Author bio: Susan Orlean (born October 31, 1955) is an American journalist. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has contributed articles to Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside. Susan Orlean is the author of several books, including The Orchid Thief, a profile of Florida orchid grower, breeder, and collector John Laroche. The book formed the basis of Charlie Kaufman's script for the Spike Jonze film Adaptation. Orlean (portrayed by Meryl Streep in an Oscar-nominated role) was, in effect, made into a fictional character; the movie portrayed her as becoming Laroche's lover and partner in a drug production operation, in which orchids were processed into a fictional psychoactive substance. She also wrote the Women's Outside article, "Life's Swell" (published 1998). The article, a feature on a group of young surfer girls in Maui, was the basis of the film Blue Crush. More information can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Orlean/e/B001IOFENA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (324 pp. Doggone Delightful: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Rin-Tin-Tin/Susan-Orlean/9781439190135

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