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Driving Home

An American Journey

By Jonathan Raban

For more than thirty years, Jonathan Raban has written with infectious fascination about people and places in transition or on the margins, about journeys undertaken and destinations never quite reached, and, as an Englishman transplanted in Seattle, about what it means to feel rooted in America. Spanning two decades, Driving Home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by “a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye. Raban spots things we might otherwise miss; he calls up the apt metaphors that transform things into phenomena. He is one of our most gifted observers” (Newsday).
 
Stops en route include a Missoula bar, a Tea Party convention in Nashville hosted by Sarah Palin, the Mississippi in full flood, a trip to Hawaii with his daughter, a steelhead river in the Cascades, and the hidden corners of his adopted hometown, Seattle. He deftly explores public and personal spaces, poetry and politics, geography and catastrophe, art and economy, and the shifts in various arenas that define our society. Whether the topic is Robert Lowell or Barack Obama, or how various painters, explorers, and homesteaders have engaged with our mythical and actual landscape, he has an outsider’s eye for the absurd, and his tone is intimate, never nostalgic, and always fresh.
 
Frank, witty, and provocative, Driving Home is part essay collection, part diary—and irresistibly insightful about America’s character, contradictions, and idiosyncrasies.




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Book

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  • 828.91408 Rab, Nonfiction
  • 828.91408 Rab, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2011

ISBN

9780307379917


Format: Book
Author: Raban, Jonathan
Title: Driving home : an American journey / Jonathan Raban.
Publisher Date: New York : Pantheon Books, [2011]
Subject: Raban, Jonathan -- Travel -- United States. Raban, Jonathan -- Homes and haunts -- United States. Raban, Jonathan -- Knowledge -- United States. Authors, English -- 20th century -- Travel -- United States. Authors, English -- 20th century -- Homes and haunts -- United States. United States -- Description and travel
Isbn: 9780307379917 9781570618826 (pbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Raban, Jonathan
Title: Driving home : an American journey / Jonathan Raban.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Pantheon Books, [2011]
Description: 496 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Raban, Jonathan -- Travel -- United States.
Subjects: Raban, Jonathan -- Homes and haunts -- United States.
Subjects: Raban, Jonathan -- Knowledge -- United States.
Subjects: Authors, English -- 20th century -- Travel -- United States.
Subjects: Authors, English -- 20th century -- Homes and haunts -- United States.
Subjects: United States -- Description and travel
Notes: Originally published: London : Picador, 2010.
LCCN: 2010054090
ISBN: 9780307379917
ISBN: 9781570618826 (pbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 828.91408 Rab