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- 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...
- 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...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 17.99
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 California at Davis. The result of these trips is Assembling California, a cross-section in human and geologic time, from Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada through the golden foothills of the Mother... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99
Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush. Readers of McPhee?s earlier books will... more...
- 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...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 17.99
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... more...