John McPhee
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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. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969), The Crofter and the Laird (1969), Levels of the Game (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1972), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science.

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    • Draft No. 4

    • On the Writing Process
    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: John McPhee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
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    The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher....

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    • McPhee is the Craft

    • By Darwin8u on 09-19-17

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    • Annals of the Former World, Book 1
    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress....

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    • By Ronald E. Bowers on 05-15-14

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    • Coming into the Country

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    Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same....

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    Few fish are as beloved, or as obsessed over, as the American shad....

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    • By Cynthia on 07-05-05

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    • Uncommon Carriers

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    This first-hand account of the transportation sector features evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods....

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    • By K Cornwinkle on 07-04-13

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    • Rising From the Plains

    • Annals of the Former World, Book 3
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    Rising From the Plains creates a fascinating picture of the interdependence of geology, commerce, and culture....

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    • Terrific Read

    • By Nancy on 11-07-04

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    • The Patch

    • By: John McPhee
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    The Patch is the seventh collection of essays by the nonfiction master John McPhee. It is divided into two parts. It is an "album quilt", an artful assortment of nonfiction writings that have not previously appeared in any book....

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    • By Darwin8u on 11-15-18

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    • Assembling California

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    Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research.....

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    • Great Idea, Great Prose, Difficult Listen

    • By Colin on 06-22-13

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    • Silk Parachute

    • By: John McPhee
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    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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    A wondrous book of McPhee's prose pieces - in many aspects his most personal in four decades....

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    • It's a landscape with the aspect of memory."

    • By Darwin8u on 11-23-18

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    • The Second John McPhee Reader, Book One

    • By: John McPhee
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    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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    For a person who has not encountered John McPhee's lively writing, The Second John McPhee Reader is the perfect introduction....

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    • Smart, funny, compelling, and educational

    • By Professor Scotty on 05-16-10

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