from Under the Snow
...When [the baby bears] were made to stand alone, to be photographed in the mouth of a den, they shivered. Instinctively, a person would be moved to hold them. Picked up by the scruff of the neck, they splayed their paws like kittens and screamed like baby bears. The cry of a baby bear is muted, like a human infant's heard from her crib down the hall....
American nonfiction author. McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. He began his writing career at Time magazine; since 1965 he has been a staff writer for the New Yorker, which has serialized many of his twenty-nine books. McPhee's output is famously eclectic. His first book, A Sense of Where You Are (1965), profiled then-college basketball player Bill Bradley. His subsequent books include Encounters with the Archdruid (1971), a portrait of Sierra Club founder David Brower; Coming into the Country, a look at life in Alaska; and Annals of the Former World (1998), a tetralogy about geology, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Silk Parachute (2010). For decades he has taught a creative writing course, The Literature of Fact, at Princeton. See also johnmcphee.com.