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The Pine Barrens

 
 
 
 
The Pine Barrens
Author: John McPhee
ISBN 13: 9780374514426
ISBN 10: 374514429
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 1978-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $15.00
 
 

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.