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A WONDROUS NEW BOOK OF MCPHEES PROSE PIECES—IN MANY ASPECTS HIS MOST PERSONAL IN FOUR DECADES

The brief, brilliant essay “Silk Parachute,” which first appeared in The New Yorker a decade ago, has become John McPhees most anthologized piece of writing. In the nine other pieces here— highly varied in length and theme—McPhee ranges with his characteristic humor and intensity through lacrosse, long-exposure view-camera photography, the weird foods he has sometimes been served in the course of his reportorial travels, a U.S. Open golf championship, and a season in Europe “on the chalk” from the downs and sea cliffs of England to the Maas valley in the Netherlands and the champagne country of northern France. Some of the pieces are wholly personal. In luminous recollections of his early years, for example, he goes on outings with his mother, deliberately overturns canoes in a learning process at a summer camp, and germinates a future book while riding on a jump seat to away games as a basketball player. But each piece—on whatever theme—contains somewhere a personal aspect in which McPhee suggests why he was attracted to write about the subject, and each opens like a silk parachute, lofted skyward and suddenly blossoming with color and form.

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"The world's complex mechanisms beguile us in this scintillating collection of essays, many from the New Yorker. McPhee is fascinated by all manner of intricate and subtle processes. His topic might be the slow geological forces that produced the chalk formations underlying the landscape of northwestern Europe or the stolid wine-making procedures of the French vineyards atop them. It might be the lightning-fast maneuvers in the sport of lacrosse or the evangelizing social networks that are spreading it across the continent. It might be the splashy tricks he and his friends performed with their canoes at summer camp, or the finicky machinery of his daughter's box camera, its long exposures rendering all moving objects invisible. It might be the New Yorker's mighty fact-checking juggernaut churning out answers to the most obscure questions, or the oddly shaped mental gears that processed editor William Shawn's legendary food phobias, or the wondrous workings of a toy silk parachute. However arcane the subject, McPhee wraps it in nicely wrought narrative and piquant characters, as when a random outing with his granddaughter sparks a discourse on theories of mass extinction. The result is a narrative that is wryly humorous, raptly observant, luxuriating in idle curiosity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The brief, brilliant essay Silk Parachute has become McPhee's most anthologized piece of writing. In the nine other pieces here, McPhee writes, with his characteristic humor and intensity, about lacrosse, photography, weird foods, and other varied recollections.

About the Author

John McPhee is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of thirty books, all published by FSG. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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wfbagley, April 5, 2010 (view all comments by wfbagley)
I measure time by the period between the publication of John McPhee's books. The great range of topics and his enormous capacity as a writer never disappoint. My great expectations were fully met in the publication of his latest book: Silk Parachute. Each essay sidles down its own path. The people we meet (perhaps especially his mother), the places we see, the lessons we learn are all the stuff of McPhee's reputation. I admit my enormous bias, and can assure readers that I am not related to him... but I think that this little volume is yet one more reason to believe that John McPhee is our nation's finest writer of non-fiction. May there be many more to come.
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ISBN:
9780374263737
Author:
Mcphee, John
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
McPhee, John
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.53 x 6.5 x 0.955 in

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Product details 240 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374263737 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The world's complex mechanisms beguile us in this scintillating collection of essays, many from the New Yorker. McPhee is fascinated by all manner of intricate and subtle processes. His topic might be the slow geological forces that produced the chalk formations underlying the landscape of northwestern Europe or the stolid wine-making procedures of the French vineyards atop them. It might be the lightning-fast maneuvers in the sport of lacrosse or the evangelizing social networks that are spreading it across the continent. It might be the splashy tricks he and his friends performed with their canoes at summer camp, or the finicky machinery of his daughter's box camera, its long exposures rendering all moving objects invisible. It might be the New Yorker's mighty fact-checking juggernaut churning out answers to the most obscure questions, or the oddly shaped mental gears that processed editor William Shawn's legendary food phobias, or the wondrous workings of a toy silk parachute. However arcane the subject, McPhee wraps it in nicely wrought narrative and piquant characters, as when a random outing with his granddaughter sparks a discourse on theories of mass extinction. The result is a narrative that is wryly humorous, raptly observant, luxuriating in idle curiosity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The brief, brilliant essay Silk Parachute has become McPhee's most anthologized piece of writing. In the nine other pieces here, McPhee writes, with his characteristic humor and intensity, about lacrosse, photography, weird foods, and other varied recollections.
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