Silk Parachutes by John McPhee is a collection of prose pieces. The piece that gives this book its title is about McPhee's memories of his mother; it first appeared in the New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs column in the late '90s. McPhee, whose style is narrative nonfiction, is a fantastic writer. Definitely add Silk Parachutes to your list of books to look for in a few weeks.
If you aren't familiar with this author, consider this your lucky day because you now get to read for the first time Mr. McPhee's earlier works. A complete list is available here.