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“We marvel at the pains [McPhee] takes with structure, approaching his subject from oblique angles, slowly building tension, sometimes seeming to wander, but always propelling his narratives forward . . . In the age of blogging and tweeting, of writers’ near-constant self-promotion, McPhee is an imperative counterweight, a paragon of both sense and civility.” —Elizabeth Royte, The New York Times Book Review
“Reading McPhee’s lucid descriptions of [lacrosse], with its lightning pace and nuanced skill levels, one wonders why Americans spend so much time watching football . . . We’re fortunate McPhee has written as much—and as well—as he has. For readers who have always wanted a more personal glimpse, Silk Parachute should be floating your way.” —Tim McNulty, The Seattle Times
“How long the McPhee tradition will endure is anyone’s guess. But for now we have Silk Parachute, a testament to a kind of literary journalism that will, with any luck, have both its standards and its standard-bearer around for years to come.” —Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor
We like John McPhee's other books and enjoyed this series of essays very much.
While so many marvel at his ability to make otherwise mundane topics interesting, the quality of his writing and the simple ease of reading it never fail in any way.
I've already read most of the selections so bought this book to have them in one place.
Always a pleasure. How he entertains and informs is remarkable. No writer is better at weaving a whole cloth from so many divergent threads.Published 1 month ago by Bruce clark
The best McPhee yet. Some of his work is now assuming the role of a retrospective, which creates a sort of poignancy that adds flavor all its own. Read morePublished 7 months ago by atwood4242
Some of the best non-fiction writing in America! If you haven't read McPhee, you don't know what you're missing. He can make anything interesting.Published 11 months ago by Arque
McPhee makes one look at life with renewed enthusiasm; and stimulates renewed eagerness to explore the intriguing world one lives in.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sorry, lost track of this book. John McPhee has been one of my favorite writers but some of these topics do not have extremely exciting resumes.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Ann Ruth
We like John McPhee's other books and enjoyed this series of essays very much. The title essay was especially touching as it's about his mother and his memories of her.Published 15 months ago by eland54
If you want to write, you've got to read; a three to one write to read ratio seems about right. And you cannot go wrong reading McPhee - Few writers, very few in fact, can touch... Read morePublished 15 months ago by UrbanMonique
John McPhee never disappoints and this book emphasizes that. Each chapter can stand alone even if it is taken out of context. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joan L. Anderson
I've already read most of the selections so bought this book to have them in one place. I'm also reading everything again. McPhee only gets better over time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by toilet guy