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Jonathan Raban is the author, most recently, of the novels Surveillance and Waxwings; his nonfiction includes Passage to Juneau and Bad Land. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He lives in Seattle.

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Bad Land
An American Romance
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 1997
Price: $16.95

A New York Times Editors' Choice for Book of the Year
Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award
Winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award

In 1909 maps still identified eastern Montana as the Great American Desert. But in that year, Congress, lobbied heavily by railroad companies, offered 320-acre tracts of land to... Read more >
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Bad Land
An American Romance
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 20, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Coasting
A Private Voyage
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $13.00

Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating, and never more so than when he’s sailing around the serpentine, 2,000-mile coast of his native England. In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns that voyage—which coincided with the Falklands war... Read more >
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Coasting
A Private Voyage
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Driving Home
An American Journey
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $15.99

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Foreign Land
A Novel
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $14.00

From Jonathan Raban, the award—winning author of Bad Land and Passage to Juneau, comes this quirky and insightful story of what can happen when one can and does go home again.

For the past thirty years, George Grey has been a ship bunker in the fictional west African nation of Montedor, but... Read more >
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Foreign Land
A Novel
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $9.99

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Hunting Mister Heartbreak
A Discovery of America
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Hunting Mister Heartbreak
A Discovery of America
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 1998
Price: $18.00

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Old Glory
A Voyage Down the Mississippi
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $18.00

The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives... Read more >
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Old Glory
A Voyage Down the Mississippi
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 25, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Passage to Juneau
A Sea and Its Meanings
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $16.95

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Passage to Juneau
A Sea and Its Meanings
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 22, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Surveillance

Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $13.95

In the not-too-distant future, no one trusts anyone and everyone is watching everybody else. America is obsessed with information and under siege from an insidious enemy: paranoia. National identify cards are mandatory, terrorism alerts are a daily event, and privacy is laid bare on the Internet. For a freelance journalist, her... Read more >
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Surveillance
A Novel
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 350 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Waxwings

Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $13.00

Jonathan Raban’s powerful novel is set in Seattle in 1999, at the height of its infatuation with the virtual. It’s a place that attracts immigrants. One of these is Tom Janeway, a bookish Hungarian-born Englishman who makes his living commenting on American mores on NPR. Another, who calls himself Chick, is... Read more >
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Waxwings

Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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