Encounters with the Archdruid

Narratives About a Conservationist and Three of His Natural Enemies

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708630

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide.

Table of Contents

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708517

Category: Social Science

Page: 293

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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 in New Jersey, swarming in from the Poconos in search of a better life. The essays in this collection, which The New York Times called "pretty close to flawless," offer an excellent introduction to the work of one of our finest writers.

The Second John McPhee Reader

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708452

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 393

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This second volume of The 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.

Oranges

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708703

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 149

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A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida's Indian River, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida who may be the last of the individual orange barons. McPhee's astonishing book has an almost narrative progression, is immensely readable, and is frequently amusing. Louis XIV hung tapestries of oranges in the halls of Versailles, because oranges and orange trees were the symbols of his nature and his reign. This book, in a sense, is a tapestry of oranges, too—with elements in it that range from the great orangeries of European monarchs to a custom of people in the modern Caribbean who split oranges and clean floors with them, one half in each hand.

Die Besessenen

Author: Elif Batuman

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036991182

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Warum bloß bleibt Hans Castorp in Thomas Manns Zauberberg sieben Jahre im Sanatorium, obwohl er selbst keine Tuberkulose hat? Natürlich geht es um die Liebe. Und um die Liebe dreht sich auch alles in »Die Besessenen«. Elif Batuman erzählt von ihrer großen Bewunderung für die klassischen russischen Autoren und tut dies auf eine so kluge und berührende Weise, dass man bald selbst vor Begeisterung sprüht. Dabei liest sie niemals, ohne nicht gleichzeitig mit einem Auge auf ihr Leben und die Menschen um sie herum zu schielen. Wie Don Quixote zieht sie aus, um in der Welt etwas über die Literatur zu erfahren und in den Büchern etwas über die Welt. Batuman schreibt dabei mit so viel schillernder Raffinesse, dass am Ende keine Literaturwissenschaft entsteht, sondern Literatur.

Pieces of the Frame

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708606

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico; from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art's sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee's writing is more than informative; these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee's readers-sports, Scotland, conservation-are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work.

Outcroppings

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 130

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Landscape photographs accompany selections from McPhee's writings about Switzerland, Alaska, the West, and the Pine Barrens

Basin and Range

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708568

Category: Science

Page: 224

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The first of John McPhee's works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world—a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. The title refers to the physiographic province of the United States that reaches from eastern Utah to eastern California, a silent world of austere beauty, of hundreds of discrete high mountain ranges that are green with junipers and often white with snow. The terrain becomes the setting for a lyrical evocation of the science of geology, with important digressions into the plate-tectonics revolution and the history of the geologic time scale.

Wilderness Wisdom

Quotes for Inspirational Exploration

Author: John Gookin

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811726467

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 140

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Compiled by National Outdoor Leadership School instructors and based on NOLS curriculum More than 900 quotes from over 500 sources in categories ranging from leadership to environmental ethics to expedition planning Designed for outdoor use The culmination of several decades of work on the part of instructors at the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Wisdom combines quotations from environmentalists, nature writers, athletes, and public figures as diverse as Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein. Perfect for moments of quiet contemplation in the wilderness, it also serves as a handy guide to various aspects of everyday life. This small, lightweight book will be of particular interest to hikers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts looking for inspiration as they meet the challenges of the wilderness.

Levels of the Game

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708657

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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This account of a tennis match played by Arthur Ashe against Clark Graebner at Forest Hills in 1968 begins with the ball rising into the air for the initial serve and ends with the final point. McPhee provides a brilliant, stroke-by-stroke description while examining the backgrounds and attitudes which have molded the players' games.

The Survival of the Bark Canoe

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708592

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the Bark Canoe is the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first tourist in these woods, Henry David Thoreau, whose The Maine Woods recounts similar journeys in similar vessel. As McPhee describes the expedition he made with Vaillancourt, he also traces the evolution of the bark canoe, from its beginnings through the development of the huge canoes used by the fur traders of the Canadian North Woods, where the bark canoe played the key role in opening up the wilderness. He discusses as well the differing types of bark canoes, whose construction varied from tribe to tribe, according to custom and available materials. In a style as pure and as effortless as the waters of Maine and the glide of a canoe, John McPhee has written one of his most fascinating books, one in which his talents as a journalist are on brilliant display.

Giving Good Weight

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708576

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 261

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"You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists.

The John McPhee Reader

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708584

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 385

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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.

Heirs of General Practice

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708525

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

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Heirs of General Practice is a frieze of glimpses of young doctors with patients of every age—about a dozen physicians in all, who belong to the new medical specialty called family practice. They are people who have addressed themselves to a need for a unifying generalism in a world that has become greatly subdivided by specialization, physicians who work with the "unquantifiable idea that a doctor who treats your grandmother, your father, your niece, and your daughter will be more adroit in treating you." These young men and women are seen in their examining rooms in various rural communities in Maine, but Maine is only the example. Their medical objectives, their successes, the professional obstacles they do and do not overcome are representative of any place family practitioners are working. While essential medical background is provided, McPhee's masterful approach to a trend significant to all of us is replete with affecting, and often amusing, stories about both doctors and their charges.

The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708622

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

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This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors

Looking for a Ship

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429958111

Category: Transportation

Page: 242

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This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.

Irons in the Fire

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708479

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 216

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In this collection John McPhee once agains proves himself as a master observer of all arenas of life as well a powerful and important writer.