Coming Into the Country

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 1991 - Nature - 438 pages
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Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.

Readers of McPhee’s earlier books will not be unprepared for his surprising shifts of scene and ordering of events, brilliantly combined into an organic whole. In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers—ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams. Coming into the Country unites a vast region of America with one of America’s notable literary craftsmen, singularly qualified to do justice to the scale and grandeur of the design.
  

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Nice but slow to read writing style. - Goodreads
I love McPhee's writing. - Goodreads
This was a great re-introduction. - Goodreads
Great nature writing. - Goodreads
Interesting people and such evocative writing. - Goodreads
He writes about nature but has wonderful writing style - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cora - Goodreads

this book is a really amazing piece of writing and that is 100% because john mcphee is such a skilled storyteller. anything he writes is interesting, in my opinion. this is not a book that will keep ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rick Naud - Goodreads

Rare are the books that let me disconnect from the urban world to connect with something greater, simple but very natural. The book (mostly part I and III though of the three parts) leaves you with an ... Read full review

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John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977.  In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World.  He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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