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Second John McPhee Reader, The

By: McPhee, John
Price: $18.00

This second volume ofT he John McPhee? Reader includes material from his eleven books published since 1975, including Coming into the Country, Looking for a Ship, The Control of Nature, and the four books on geology that comprise Annals of the Former World.

"McPhee?'s work has the quality of permanence . . . Over the years, McPhee?'s writing, on all subjects, has evolved. His characters and narrative structures are more complicated and surprising. He is looser, funnier, and, at the same time, his engagement with the physical world and moral problems consistently deepens . . . A book like this Reader should provide the flavor of this more ambitious phase of McPhee?'s career, its radiant maturity. The pieces and excerpts gathered here show off a writer who not only is in absolute command of his craft—his sentences, his structures, his sense of humor—but also revels in the pleasures of a fragile world and makes sure we take note."—from the Introduction by David Remnick

"As an example for writers John McPhee? remains without peer. To our good fortune he revels in a universe full of things to understand, and there is nobody better at sharing that joy with his readers."—Christopher Shaw, The Washington Post Book World

"Mr. McPhee? has created a style—blending detailed reporting with a novelistic sense of narrative—and a standard that have influenced a whole generation of journalists."—Timothy Bay, The Baltimore Sun