Search Results: "John McPhee"


BOOK REVIEW

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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ME AND ANNIE MCPHEE by Olivier Dunrea
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"There's not much new under the sun, or in the sea, but a bouncy rhythm—and full-on shouted conclusion—can't be beat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two curious monkeys think they are alone on an island in the middle of the sea. Read full book review >

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ANNALS OF THE FORMER WORLD by John McPhee
Released: June 1, 1998

"Dexterous as ever, McPhee takes on the creation—early island arcs and vulcanism and microcontinents—and tells it with all the power and simplicity a genesis story deserves."
McPhee (Irons in the Fire, 1997, etc.) winds up his artful geohistory of the US by going deep into the heartland—Kansas, Nebraska—in pursuit of deep time: the Precambrian. Read full book review >

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IRONS IN THE FIRE by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1997

"For old hands, more of the unique pleasures you have come to expect."
Nothing, it seems, is beyond McPhee's purview, and these seven essays (which first ran in the New Yorker) offer further evidence that in the right hands even the most prosaic of topics harbors an unsuspected richness of surprising facts and fancies. Read full book review >

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THE CONTROL OF NATURE by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1989

"First-rate."
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