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 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • McPhee is the Craft

    • By Darwin8u on 09-19-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Basin and Range

    • Annals of the Former World, Book 1
    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 178

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow.

    • By Julie on 10-12-04

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Coming into the Country

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
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      4 out of 5 stars 119

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welcome to Alaska

    • By James on 10-30-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Rising From the Plains

    • Annals of the Former World, Book 3
    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    Rising From the Plains creates a fascinating picture of the interdependence of geology, commerce, and culture....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific Read

    • By Nancy on 11-07-04

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Assembling California

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

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

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Idea, Great Prose, Difficult Listen

    • By Colin on 06-22-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Silk Parachute

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: John McPhee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    A wondrous book of McPhee's prose pieces - in many aspects his most personal in four decades....

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Founding Fish

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: John McPhee
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
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      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • mixed thoughts

    • By Cynthia on 07-05-05

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Uncommon Carriers

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: John McPhee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining!

    • By Stacey on 04-04-07

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Irons in the Fire

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • New New Journalism is on Fire

    • By Darwin8u on 02-10-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Second John McPhee Reader, Book One

    • By: John McPhee
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    For a person who has not encountered John McPhee's lively writing, The Second John McPhee Reader is the perfect introduction....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Smart, funny, compelling, and educational

    • By S. Stambler on 05-16-10

    Regular price: $24.47

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