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The Pine Barrens

McPhee, John A.

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ISBN 10: 0374233624 / ISBN 13: 9780374233624
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1981
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SIGNED special edition with photographs. Signed on 1st title page. Signed "for Bob[my last name] with all best regards from everyone at Farrar Straus including the company piney John McPhee." Not price clipped. Not a remainder. Book New. Never Read. 1st Printing. Dust jacket has a few tiny crinkles and is discolored on the top of the inside jacket flaps 1/8 inch. Beautiful Collectors Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000312

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Title: The Pine Barrens

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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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 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 â Pineys,â 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 peopleâ and their distinctive folkloreâ who call it home.

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Contrary to popular opinion, the whole of New Jersey is not a continuous Superfund site enlivened solely by poorly labeled Turnpike exits and skanky diners. In fact, the largest essentially untouched wilderness east of the Mississippi comprises nearly half the state: the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This more than 1,000-square-mile region has only a few thousand inhabitants--the Pineys, whose way of life has remained essentially unchanged since the 17th century. McPhee--one of the finest American essayists of the 20th century--has written an extraordinarily compelling, informative, and insightful book about the botanical, cultural, hydrological, and historical peculiarities of this region. He also details the efforts to save it from the creeping urbanization of nearby Philadelphia and New York City. Very Highly Recommended.

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