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Jonathan Raban, author of Passage to Juneau, brings eloquent intellect and wry wit to his exploration of the American scene. Written over the past two decades, roughly the span of Raban's residence in his adopted city of Seattle, these essays delve into what it means, as immigrant, to feel rooted in America. Driving Home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by a keenly observant visitor who is able to glean meanings and patterns that have become invisible to the natives. Raban spends much time on, near, and in water, and his ruminations on sailing and the sea are a welcome thread. Whether the topic is other writers or various painters and explorers, or the patrons of a Montana bar, who have engaged with our mythical and actual landscape, Raban has a visitor s eye for the absurd, and his tone is intimate, never nostalgic, and always fresh.
— biography from Driving Home: An American Journey
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Bad Trips (Contributor) 222 copies, 6 reviews
Granta 32: History (Contributor) 140 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 30: New Europe (Contributor) 134 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 29: New World (Contributor) 134 copies, 1 review
Granta 31: The General (Contributor) 133 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 23: Home (Contributor) 124 copies
The Best American Essays 1996 (Contributor) 122 copies
Granta 49: Money (Contributor) 111 copies, 1 review
Granta 45: Gazza Agonistes (Contributor) 106 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 10: Travel Writing (Contributor) 82 copies
The New Granta Book of Travel (Introduction) 41 copies
The Penguin book of the ocean (Contributor) 20 copies
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