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John McPhee

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First published in book form 1985, Table of Contents is a collection of eight pieces written by John McPhee between 1981 and 1984. Geographically and thematically, they range from Alaska to New Jersey, describing, for example, the arrival of telephones in a small village near the Arctic Circle and the arrival of wild bears in considerable numbers in New Jersey, swarming in from the Poconos in search of a better life. The essays in this collection, which The New York Times called “pretty close to flawless,” offer an excellent introduction to the work of one of our finest writers.

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UNDER THE SNOWWhen my third daughter was an infant, I could place her against my shoulder and she would stick there like velvet. Only her eyes jumped from place to place. In a breeze, her bright-red hair might stir, but she would not. Even then, there was profundity in her repose.When my fourth daughter was an infant, I wondered if her veins were full of ants. Placing her against a shoulder was a risk both to her and to the shoulder. Impulsively, constantly, everything about her moved. Her head seemed about to revolve as it followed the bestirring world.

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“Here is McPhee at his most ingenuous and winning, a writer for all seasons.”—George Core, The Sewanee Review

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John McPhee

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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John McPhee

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
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ISBN: 9780374708511
ISBN10: 0374708517
293 pages
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 1985
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ISBN: 9780374272418
ISBN10: 0374272417
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 293 pages
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October 1986
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ISBN: 9780374520083
ISBN10: 0374520089
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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