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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
Superbly written, as one expects from McPhee, though a bit too much lacrosse for my taste.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
The author has an encyclopedic mind and a gift for the English language that is truly humbling. Write on, please!Published 10 months ago by barbara restin
As always. John McPhee has never written a bad book or article. My favorite authorPublished 11 months ago by David G. Hope
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 15 months ago by Bruce clark
Huge fan of McPhee so predisposed to like this. Especially enjoyed the title essay, "Silk Parachute," a memoir of McPhee's mother and his childhood that was at once both... Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Land-Freshwater
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 22 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 on September 20, 2013 by Arque
McPhee makes one look at life with renewed enthusiasm; and stimulates renewed eagerness to explore the intriguing world one lives in.Published on August 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer