The Patch

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Product Details

Price
$26.00
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.7 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374229481
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About the Author

John McPhee is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Draft No. 4, Table of Contents, Silk Parachute, and The Survival of the Bark Canoe among many other books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Reviews

"This far into a prolific career, it may be a good time to finally unmask [McPhee] as a one-trick pony. In The Patch, he again shamelessly employs his go-to strategy: crafting sentences so energetic and structurally sound that he can introduce apparently unappealing subjects, even ones that look to be encased in a cruddy veneer of boringness, and persuade us to care about them . . . The Patch is just another chapter in an ongoing memoir of generous curiosity." --Craig Taylor, The New York Times Book Review

"A work that gains its newness through structure alone . . . the experience of having decades of details and observations and exacting description wash over you, the time or the context of the writing never exactly clear, is a fascinating one . . . a more honest and effective way of stitching together the memories of a life, the structure in a way acknowledging that a neat beginning, middle and end is part of the artifice of writing." --Willy Blackmore, Los Angeles Times

"[McPhee] is a singular gem within the contemporary nonfiction genre: a writer who is known for his reported long-form narratives but who has a prose-poetic sense that extends down to his paragraphs and sentences . . . McPhee is more vessel than magician--and this is said with recognition of his skill. His work is behind the scenes and beneath the surface: The page belongs to the story." --Nick Ripatrazone, National Review

"McPhee's sentences are as varied as the geographic features he so often describes: some move at a glacial pace, some jut up unexpectedly like exposed granite, others gooseneck like snaking streams, still others burn like understory, quick, dangerous. Always his sentences capture some crystalline essence in their intricate, melodious designs--making connections, spinning webs, accreting meanings." --Tyler Malone, Literary Hub

"Pulitzer winner John McPhee has spent his career covering subjects that don't inherently seem like fodder for good, much less gripping, journalism: things like geology, oranges, shad. But he's adept at making the esoteric seem essential and personal. The Patch, his latest collection of nonfiction essays, largely about angling and sports, is no exception . . . " --J.R. Sullivan, Men's Health

"The Patch, John McPhee's new book, could only have been written by a journalist with decades of experience and an archivist's disposition . . . In McPhee's career-spanning miscellany, he marvels at Iceland's glaciers, shadows Hershey's chief chocolate taster and admires the roller-skating bears of the Moscow State Circus . . . There are many lovely passages in The Patch . . ." --Kevin Canfield, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[McPhee] provides a bountiful cornucopia of insightful essays that display the wide range of his interests and tastes . . . McPhee delights in cracking open subjects, both ordinary and esoteric, and making them accessible to the layperson in works that testify to his virtuosity as one of the greatest living American essayists." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Delightful . . . It's a rare gift, to be able to see as well as McPhee sees, and to be given the time that it takes to describe the connections between things so clearly . . . It's also rare to encounter a writer who writes so artfully about himself while hardly writing about himself at all." --Bookforum

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