Search Results: "John McPhee"


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THE JOHN MCPHEE READER by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 1976

"Choice excerpts from a master craftsman."
The widely admired John McPhee is a modern journalist whose personal travelogs avoid the obtrusive presence or confessional tone common to many of his contemporaries. Read full book review >

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MAGENTA MCPHEE by Catherine Bateson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A believable, satisfying read. (Fiction. 9-13)"
On the edge of adolescence, Magenta McPhee spends a lot of time thinking about love. Read full book review >

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THE PINE BARRENS by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 1968

"All in all, enlivened facts, some well remembered events, and the customary pleasant softshoe styling."
This is one of John McPhee's extended profiles (The Headmaster, Oranges, etc.) guessably of New Yorker derivation. Read full book review >

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1965

"Twenty-one, and an Olympic champion, he has retired to the cloisters!"
What a rare sports book! Read full book review >

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SILK PARACHUTE by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 2010

"Reading these vignettes is like finding the bean in the Twelfth Night cake—each is a surprising, rewarding delight."
Ten gem-quality bemusements from New Yorker veteran McPhee (Uncommon Carriers, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNCOMMON CARRIERS by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Read this colorful journalism and you will never view an 18-wheeler, freight train or UPS truck in quite the same way."
McPhee (The Founding Fish, 2002, etc.) rides the rails, sits shotgun in a tanker truck and climbs aboard a river towboat as he investigates the ways in which the staples of modern life travel from one place to another. Read full book review >

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ASSEMBLING CALIFORNIA by John McPhee
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Intolerable if one has no taste for mysteries beneath the soil; otherwise, riveting."
The final entry in McPhee's four-volume hymn to geology, known collectively as Annals of the Former World (most recently Rising from the Plains, 1986). Read full book review >

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LEVELS OF THE GAME by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1969

"Your advantage."
From The New Yorker where it appeared as a two-part profile, this is the kind of job that Mr. McPhee did on Bill Bradley (A Sense of Where You Are — 1965) and gives an on and off court photomontage of Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner at Forest Hills. Read full book review >

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DRAFT NO. 4 by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A superb book about doing his job by a master of his craft."
The renowned writer offers advice on information-gathering and nonfiction composition. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR A SHIP by John McPhee
Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"This classic sea story, previously published in The New Yorker, also asks why America responds in slow motion to global conditions."
McPhee embarks on a cargo ship to South America, scouting the endangered life of the American Merchant Marine. Read full book review >

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LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE SUISSE by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1984

"In today's Swiss view, disaffection balances perfectionism—but McPhee's is the version of a connoisseur, to be savored in itself."
A sparkling report—if that's what's wanted—on that choice anomaly, the Swiss Army: a 650,000-man militia, always battle-ready, in a country that hasn't fought a war for nearly five hundred years. Read full book review >

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GIVING GOOD WEIGHT by John McPhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 1979

"A mixed bag, then, best in its larger reaches."
Apart from the title piece itself, this collection of McPhee articles from The New Yorker doesn't really deliver full value. Read full book review >