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  • Basin and Rangeby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1982; US$ 16.99

    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 juxtaposition with travels in the modern world?a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. The title refers to the physiographic province of the United... more...

  • Uncommon Carriersby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006; US$ 16.99

    What John McPhee's books all have in common is that they are about real people in real places. Here, at his adventurous best, he is out and about with people who work in freight transportation.   Over the past eight years, John McPhee has spent considerable time in the company of people who work in freight transportation. Uncommon Carriers... more...

  • The Founding Fishby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 17.99

    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 shad-Alosa sapidissima-leave the ocean in hundreds of thousands and run heroic distances upriver to spawn. McPhee--a shad fisherman himself--recounts the shad's cameo role in the lives of George... more...

  • Silk Parachuteby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 15.99

    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 appeared in The New Yorker a decade ago, has become John McPhee?s most anthologized piece of writing. In the nine other pieces here? highly varied in length and theme?McPhee ranges with his... more...

  • Irons in the Fireby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    In this collection John McPhee once agains proves himself as a master observer of all arenas of life as well a powerful and important writer. more...

  • The Ransom of Russian Artby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 12.99

    In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives... more...

  • Rising from the Plainsby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    Bestselling author McPhee takes us on another exciting geological excursion with this engaging account of life--past and present--in the high plains of Wyoming. more...

  • The Control of Natureby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    While John McPhee was working on his previous book, Rising from the Plains , he happened to walk by the engineering building at the University of Wyoming, where words etched in limestone said: "Strive on--the control of Nature is won, not given." In the morning sunlight, that central phrase--"the control of nature"--seemed to sparkle with unintended... more...

  • Heirs of General Practiceby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 14.99

    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 medical specialty called family practice. They are people who have addressed themselves to a need for a unifying generalism in a world that has become greatly subdivided by specialization, physicians... more...

  • La Place de la Concorde Suisseby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    In admirable disregard for the orthodoxy of public relations, the Swiss Army has chosen Luc Massy to be the soldier companion of the American observer John McPhee during various exercices of a "refresher" course among the high Alps of the Canto de Valais. more...