John McPhee

John McPhee
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John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977.  In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World.  He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


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Silk Parachute

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

A WONDROUS NEW BOOK OF MCPHEE’S PROSE PIECES—IN MANY ASPECTS HIS MOST PERSONAL IN FOUR DECADES The brief, brilliant essay “Silk Parachute,” which first...


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Uncommon Carriers

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

This is a book about people who drive trucks, captain ships, pilot towboats, drive coal trains, and carry lobsters through the air: people who work in freight...


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The Founding Fish

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

John McPhee's twenty-sixth book is a braid of personal history, natural history, and American history, in descending order of volume. Each spring, American...


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Annals of the Former World

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began...


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A Sense of Where You Are

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee’s first book, is about Bradley when he was the...


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Irons in the Fire

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

This acclaimed collection of essays begins with the title essay and a trip to Nevada, where, in the company of a brand inspector, John McPhee discovers that...


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The Ransom of Russian Art

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

In the 1960s and 1970s, an American professor of Soviet economics forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground...


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The Second John McPhee Reader

John McPhee; Introduced by David Remnick
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

This second volume of The John McPhee Reader includes material from his eleven books published since 1975, including Coming into the Country, Looking for a...


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La Place de la Concorde Suisse

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

La Place de la Concorde Suisse is John McPhee's rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society. The Swiss Army is so quietly efficient at...


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Giving Good Weight

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

"You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With...


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The Curve of Binding Energy

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual...


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Assembling California

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of...


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The Headmaster

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Starting in 1902 at a country school that had an enrollment of fourteen, Frank Boyden built an academy that has long since taken its place on a level with...


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The Crofter and the Laird

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight...


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The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through...


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Looking for a Ship

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

This is an extraordinary tale of life aboard what may be one of the last American merchant ships. As the story begins, Andy Chase, who holds a license as a...


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Coming into the Country

John McPhee
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Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive...


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The Control of Nature

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

The Control of Nature is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested...


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Rising from the Plains

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Rising from the Plains is John McPhee’s third book on geology and geologists. Following Basin and Range and In Suspect Terrain, it continues to present a...


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Table of Contents

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Table of Contents is a collection of eight pieces that range from Alaska to New Jersey, describing, for example, the arrival of telephones in a small village...


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Heirs of General Practice

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Heirs of General Practice is a frieze of glimpses of young doctors with patients of every age—about a dozen physicians in all, who belong to the new...


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In Suspect Terrain

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana’s drifted diamonds and gold In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal...


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The John McPhee Reader

John McPhee; Edited with an Introduction by William L. Howarth
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

The John McPhee Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author’s first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his...


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The Survival of the Bark Canoe

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same...


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Basin and Range

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

The first of John McPhee’s works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in...


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Levels of the Game

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

This account of a tennis match played by Arthur Ashe against Clark Graebner at Forest Hills in 1968 begins with the ball rising into the air for the initial...


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A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters...


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Pieces of the Frame

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the...


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The Pine Barrens

John McPhee, illustrated by James Graves
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near...


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Encounters with the Archdruid

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the...


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Oranges

John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much...


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