The Patch

by McPhee, John (Author)

ISBN: 9781250234889

The Patch is the seventh collection of essays by the nonfiction master John McPhee. It is divided into two parts. Part 1, The Sporting Scene, consists of pieces on fishing, football, golf, and lacrosse-from fly casting for chain pickerel in fall in New Hampshire to walking the linksland of St. Andrews at an Open Championship. Part 2, called An Album Quilt, is a montage of fragments of varying length from pieces done across the years that have never appeared in book form-occasional pieces, memorial pieces, reflections, reminiscences, and short items in various magazines including The New Yorker. They range from a visit to the Hershey chocolate factory to encounters with Oscar Hammerstein, Joan Baez, and Mount Denali. Emphatically, the author's purpose was not merely to preserve things but to choose passages that might entertain. Starting with 250,000 words, he gradually threw out 75 percent of them, and assembled the remaining fragments into an album quilt: an object lesson that is also a covert memoir. Grand Central Publishing Spring Summer 2019 Frontlist

Format: Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Picador, November 2019

Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.4 W × 0 H

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