Search Results: "John McPhee"


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PIECES OF THE FRAME by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 1975

"Occasional reading—McPhee is one of the most unobtrusively instructive and pleasurable writers around."
As everyone knows, McPhee is a man of many parts and interests and this is an assortment of his casuals which take place here and there. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 21, 1966

"A casual autocrat, he's a wonderful presence in print as he must be to all those who have known him."
From The New Yorker, this effortless portrait of Frank Learoyd Boyden, who came to Deerfield Academy in 1902 at the age of twenty-two and is still, in his own words, an "indestructible and infallible" figure, is full of life—a remarkable life. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 6, 1971

"Like all McPhee's work, sensitive and responsible."
The archdruid is David Brower, former executive director of the Sierra Club and a militant conservationist of spectacular accomplishments, and this a pointillist portrait of Brower in situ among gifted representatives of the Enemy — a mineral engineer, a developer and a governmental dam czar. 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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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THE CROFTER AND THE LAIRD by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1970

"Original appearance in The New Yorker."
An amusing and delightful miniature concerning the Scottish island of Colonsay, seventeen square miles of dews and damp twenty-five miles off the coast. Mr. McPhee and his family, descendants after many misty generations, of a clan which had been overcome by a pack of MacDonalds on Colonsay, visited on the island and became acquainted with the 138 people living serenely thereon. Read full book review >

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WIMBLEDON by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1972

"Notwithstanding this is a luxury item at the price — only for those who so love the game that they know the value of a steel racket."
McPhee's text — a chapter on Wimbledon 1970 and one describing the work of lawnskeeper Robert Twynam — is as well executed as a service ace, although you might have read it all before in The New Yorker or A Roomful of Hovings (1968) where the Twynam piece has previously appeared or Playboy which ran the other one last year. 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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