“I have been a huge fan of Jonathan Raban since I first read Bad Land back in 1997 (still one of my favorite books about America). His smooth, elegant writing style combined with his talent for acute observation and his apparent interest in nearly every subject under the sun is just my cup of tea. His new collection of essays, Driving Home: An American Journey, collects pieces that have all been written since his 1990 move to Seattle and that have been previ
ously published in various newspapers, books and magazines. They include meditations on American politics, sailing around the world, the life and poetry of Robert Lowell, the grandeur of the Mississippi River, the cultural identity of Seattle . . . See, I told you he's interested in everything. My favorite, of course, is a short piece entitled “Why Travel?” Anyone buying this book will receive my hearty congratulations on having made an excellent purchase.”—Terrell, Wide World Books & Maps, Seattle. Buy Driving Home from Wide World Books & Maps.