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  • 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 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...

  • Giving Good Weightby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    "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 your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are--people of the city--and we, who... more...

  • The Curve of Binding Energyby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    With his customary reportorial brilliance, John McPhee has written the story of the life and career of Theodore B. Taylor, a theoretical physicist who has been one of the most inventive nuclear scientists of our time. more...

  • The Deltoid Pumpkin Seedby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 17.99

    This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the airplane and rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. Its early and secrect experimenta; development took twelve years' time and one and a half million dollars. McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's... more...

  • Looking for a Shipby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 17.99

    This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed,... 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...

  • In Suspect Terrainby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 17.99

    From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana's drifted diamonds and gold, John McPhee's In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others-- a biography; a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history... more...