Are You Looking for Your Next, Fun Author?
March 01, 2011
We all like to hear that our favorite authors have new books coming out. We get on the library's waiting list, and enjoy the word that our copy of the requested title is ready. Wouldn't it be fun to get a message recommending a new author, just for us?
One of the first authors I would "tip" is John McPhee. John McPhee is a staff writer at "The New Yorker" magazine and the author of over twenty five books. McPhee started writing fiction and poetry in college. He publishes books that gather several essays he has written on related subjects and includes technical information on the layman’s level in an interesting way. His articles draw from experiences in his own life; things he has seen, lived and studied. He is a working journalist who travels to examine his subjects in person.
For example, his book Silk Parachute is a collection of essays that are called his most personal up to now. He reminisces about his family, sports and how they are played, technologies like box cameras and the internet, and time spent in Europe. A group of stories based on an author’s memories would make a usual, normal everyday book. But, McPhee takes these themes further, and explains the science, history, and sociology behind his experiences and observations.
He tells the story of Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, who have been collaborating making photographs since 1977. They make the photographs with a camera called a Deardorff, a view camera of the Mathew Brady style. Photography is usually a solo endeavor, but author McPhee describes how two talented women work together to create beautiful landscapes. Author McPhee's writing gives us some insight into artistic creativity as the two photographers work and articulate their plans. Ten stories altogether make up the book.
John McPhee is a pleasure to read. Give him a try. Maybe, you will discover your next, new author.