The Pine Barrens
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Natural History & Environment - Published: 24/Oct/2018 - ISBN: 9781911547167
A portrait of an unexpected wilderness and its unknown people. Most people think of the American state of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that sits just west of New York City. But in the centre of the state lies a vast wilderness - larger than most national parks - which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens.
In The Pine Barrens, McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and to describe the people - and their distinctive folklore - who call it home. Including one who can navigate the immensely dense woods by sheer memory, and another who responds to McPhee's knock on his door with a pork chop in one hand, a raw onion in the other, and the greeting 'Come in. Come in. Come on the hell in.'
With a new foreword by Iain Sinclair John McPhee has published more than thirty books and much of his work first appeared in the pages of the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1963. He is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winning in 1999 for Annals of the Former World. McPhee teaches non-fiction writing at Princeton University.
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