The Pine Barrens

The Pine Barrens

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by John McPhee
     
 

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Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens.

The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the

Overview

Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens.

The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the quality of the soils below, which are too sandy and acid to be good for farming. On all sides, however, developments of one kind or another have gradually moved in, so that now the central and integral forest is reduced to about a thousand square miles. Although New Jersey has the heaviest population density of any state, huge segments of the Pine Barrens remain uninhabited. The few people who dwell in the region, the “Pineys,” are little known and often misunderstood. Here McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and describe the people—and their distinctive folklore—who call it home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345257888
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/12/1976

Meet the Author

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. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969), The Crofter and the Laird (1969), Levels of the Game (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1972), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1931
Place of Birth:
Princeton, New Jersey
Education:
A.B., Princeton University, 1953; graduate study at Cambridge University, 1953-54
Website:
http://www.johnmcphee.com/

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The Pine Barrens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
You there, Saxon?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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willijo4 More than 1 year ago
I cross through the Pine Barrens on my way to the New Jersey Shore and have often wondered what's behind the trees and why us the area unique. John McPhee provides some of the answers by way of a serious of connected stories/tales. His descriptions of the characters that populate the Pine Barrens and their way of life gave me an appreciation of the area that I wasn't expecting when I purchased the book. Next time I pass through, I will be sure to stop and learn more about the individuals through personal contact. One of my reasons for purchasing the book was to learn about some of the unique plants and animals of the area. I was disappointed that this spect was not covered in more depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks in with her pelt gleaming.she grabs the vole wingflower got.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah.... #~# Hollyleaf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WE ARE MOVING CAMP TO WINGS OF WIND ALL RESULTS! NO CAPS WHEN YOU TYPE IN WINGS OF WIND! -Froststorm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Black tom with blue eyes- Nightclaw