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.

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.

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.

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.

Understanding the Essay

Author: Patricia Foster,Jeff Porter

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1554810205

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 300

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This is a book on how to read the essay, one that demonstrates how reading is inextricably tied to the art of writing. It aims to treat the essay with the close attention that has been given to other literary genres, and in doing so it suggests the beauty and depth of the form as a whole. At once personal appreciations and acute critical assessments, the pieces collected here broaden our perspective on the essay as a major literary art, tracing its history from William Hazlitt to Joan Didion.

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.

John McPhee

Author: Michael Pearson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480482625

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 144

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A literary study of John McPhee’s life and his writings from the author of Imagined Places.

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.

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.

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

Write Choices

Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling

Author: Sue Hertz

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483322629

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Developing nonfiction writers at any stage of their career Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting any kind of factual narrative. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel essays. And since today’s writers are no longer confined to paper, Write Choices also includes digital storytelling options, and how writers can employ technology to enhance their narratives. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from essayists to memoirists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.

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.

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.

Wye Island

Insiders, Outsiders, and Change in a Chesapeake Community

Author: Boyd Gibbons

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1933115424

Category: History

Page: 210

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During the 20th century, business associations coordinated mass propaganda campaigns. The aim was to persuade people to eschew their own power as workers and citizens, and forego their democratic power to restrain and regulate business activity.These “f

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.