Saturday Night

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 16, 2011 - History - 264 pages
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Twenty years ago, before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question: What makes Saturday night so special? To answer it, she embarked on a remarkable journey across the country and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places—hipsters in Los Angeles, car cruisers in small-town Indiana, coeds in Boston, the homeless in New York, a lounge band in Portland, quinceañera revelers in Phoenix, and more—to chronicle the one night of the week when we do the things we want to do rather than the things we need to do. The result is an irresistible portrait of how Saturday night in America is lived that remains.

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User Review  - David Alexander - Goodreads

Orlean is the greatest living writer in America, if not the world. What I would give to be able to see the world through her eyes for just one day. A remarkable book, one of the greatest. Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I'm assuming Susan Orlean was already an established journalist at this point, because this is the type of book I am surprised found a publisher. That's not to say it shouldn't have been published, I ... Read full review

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Susan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin. Visit her online at and

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