Posted on January 19, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Jonathan Raban has passed away at age eighty.

You might know him from his writings about travel, yet, as his New York Times obituary notes, he didn't care for being called a "travel writer."

And to be fair, his works may have taken him to a variety of places, but they explored far more than the local restaurants and cultures.

For example, Bad Land: An American Romance — which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction — didn't just describe eastern Montana, but explored the history of white settlement in an unforgiving place.

Some of his other noteworthy books included Arabia Through the Looking Glass, Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi, and Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings.

You can read more about Raban's life and writings in the NY Times.

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