From the Inside Flap
Here is the new collection of essays from Matthew Stevenson, a contributing editor of Harpers magazine, who lives in Switzerland and is the author of the critically acclaimed Letters of Transit: Essays on Travel, History, Politics and Family Life Abroad, which the poet Robert Watson called "a stunning book, the best travel writing I have seen for years."
In 1991, Stevenson moved from Brooklyn to a house in the vineyards outside Geneva, Switzerland. In this book he writes about his travels around Europe ("On a hot July evening, in the company of other backpackers, we boarded the midnight Geneva-Trieste express and scrambled to our compartment, so that long into the night children could bicker about who was most deserving of the upper bunks.") and his impressions of visiting the United States ("the size of the suburban houses made me think America has become a nation of great Gatsbys.")
About the Author
Matthew Stevenson was born in New York City in 1954 and grew up on long Island, attending Buckley Country Day School and Friends Academy. His university degrees are from Bucknell and Columbia universities, and he spent a year abroad with the Institute of European Studies in London and Vienna. He moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1991 and there managed a Swiss bank until 2004. He is a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine, and his essays have appeared in such magazines as The American Scholar, The American Spectator, Hogtown Creek Review, and Global Vision. He is married to Constance Folger, who, before moving abroad, designed books for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Harper Collins. They have four Children, ranging in ages from seventeen to nine, who attend various Geneva public schools.