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John McPhee Reader, The

By: John McPhee
Price: $20.00

The John McPhee? Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author’s first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee? published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter, his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers: a journalist whom L.E. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken, who Geoffrey Wolff said “is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit,” who has been called “a master craftsman” so many times that it is pointless to number them.

“The most versatile journalist in America.”—Edward Hoagland, The New York Times Book Review

“For those who are familiar with his work in its original form, this collection reaffirms just how good McPhee? is at what he does. For those who aren't, it provides a solid introduction to his versatility . . . We become privy to the widening dimensions of his reportial domain—a landscape fertile and diverse enough to accommodate hybrid flying machines as gracefully as it does oranges, one that can appreciate the skills of a gragline operator as much as those of a theoretical physicist. Plant something in this landscape and it will most assuredly thrive.”—J. N. Silverman, The Washington Star