by: John McPhee
This is a book that was written in the late 1960’s that gives a brief history of the Pine Barrens region of New Jersey. It is a short (<200 pages), well written book that describes the flora, fauna and the unique people who inhabit this region. As a resident of the most densely populated state in the nation it is hard to believe that such a unique area exists within our state. I’ve only visited the Pine Barrens once but since reading this book my wife and I are planning a field trip to the Wharton State Forrest in the near future to explore the area. My only complaint with the book is that it was written over 50 years ago; I’d like to read an updated version to see what, if anything, has changed.