The Pine Barrens

The Pine Barrens

Book - 1981
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1981
Edition: A special edition
ISBN: 9780374233624
Branch Call Number: 917.4904 MCPHE
Characteristics: 149 pages, 63 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Curtsinger, Bill 1946-


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The Between the Lines Book Group will be reading The Pine Barrens in December 2020.

Apr 13, 2013

An oddly fascinating look at life in a place that I have never been to, but want to go to as a result of this book. McPhee weaves nature, history and people into a type of literary journalism that combines interviews, personal exploration into the Pine Barrens and research. The book is awesome. A must read for nature nuts, history nuts and people who find oddballs and their behavior interesting.


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