While many readers are familiar with John McPhee's masterful pieces on a large scale (the geological history of North America, or the nature of Alaska), McPhee is equally remarkable when he considers the seemingly inconsequential. Oranges was conceived as a short magazine piece, but thanks to his unparalleled investigative skills, became a slim, fact-filled book. As McPhee chronicles orange farmers struggling with frost and horticulturists' new breeds of citrus, oranges come to seem a microcosm of man's relationship with nature.
Like Flemish miniaturists who reveal the essence of humankind within the confines of a tiny frame, McPhee once again demonstrates that the smallest topic is replete with history, significance, and consequence.
Fascinating. A sterling example of what a fresh point of view, a clear style, a sense of humor and diligent investigation can do to reveal the inherent interest in something as taken-for-granted as your morning orange juice. (Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal)
It is a delicious book, in a word, and more absorbing than many a novel. (Roderick Cook, Harper's)
A book on Oranges what can you say.
It's well written and interesting. It took me a few days to get through and it's a very short book. Read more
As a long ago transplanted Floridian, I am interested in all things Florida. The orange is a big part of that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Sloan
John McPhee, born and raised in Princeton, once again intrigues us with his tales of "citrus."
He took what was supposed to be an article on oranges and expanded... Read more
I love oranges, so I am biased positively for this book. It's a quick read concentrating on the orange itself and Florida 2 main growing regions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin D. Monroe
Excellent book. Well written and worth the read. Will make you appreciate fresh orange juice even more. Now I need a glass.Published 8 months ago by Luluslist
Everything written by John McPhee will keep you enthralled from first word to finish!Published 10 months ago by Carol Cottle
Every John McPhee book is required reading for the inquisitive mind.Published 10 months ago by Jesse