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A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles

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In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters lives.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1979 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1968)
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James
Apr 16, 2009 James rated it it was amazing
You know how sometimes you hear that a musician or band that you like, is releasing an acoustic, or rarities, or demo album, and you get excited for it's release, but it always falls flat? And you think to yourself, why did I fall for this again?

First off, Hovings certainly isn't billed as that, but it is one of his earliest books, and the 5 essays here are rarities is some of their style and substance.

As I read through it, I continually found myself making mental lists of all the people I wante
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Qi
Jun 09, 2016 Qi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't recall the exact date of reading these profiles. But obviously none of the persons profiled by McPhee made lasting impression in my memory. I plan to donate my copy to the local public library. (Just a note for future reference)
Peter
Apr 24, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, read-in-2012
Certainly a good collection of personal profiles, I just didn't find them as compelling as most of his later work.
It could be that I enjoy how he usually inserts his own personal details into his later work. There's a little of that here, just not as much as I'm used to. Without these details, I found these essays to be somewhat flat and impersonal. I suppose it's just the style that was used in magazine writing at the time, which McPhee of course helped to change.

I did enjoy the way he descri
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David
Aug 09, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of McPhee's earlier pieces, written well before he buried himself in the world of geology.
Edmond Stevens
Apr 14, 2011 Edmond Stevens rated it really liked it
This guy is one of my writing heroes -- entertaining yet amazingly informing.
Helen
May 04, 2007 Helen rated it really liked it
Especially liked the profile of the lawnkeeper at Wimbledon.
LDuchess
Oct 10, 2011 LDuchess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paperback (1979) with this cover. Some of his earliest.
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Aug 18, 2009 rachel rated it it was amazing
OMG best book ever!!
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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 P ...more
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