Oranges

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Macmillan, Feb 20, 1967 - Cooking - 149 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

This is pretty light reading compared to other McPhee works, but still very entertaining and informative. He is a great writer and citrus farming turns out to be an interesting subject. Apparently ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lindsey - Goodreads

An excellent micro-history, rich in detail, thoroughly reported, and interestingly structured. Recommended to anyone who likes micro-histories or strong writing! Read full review

Contents

ONE Oranges
3
TWO Orange Men
17
THREE Citrus sinensis
61
FOUR Orangeries
71
FIVE Indian River
88
SIX Degrees Brix
118
SEVEN Orange Baron
140
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John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977.  In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World.  He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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