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Road Trip is a collection of autobiographical essays that honor the places, people and other living creatures that have given shape and meaning to one man’s life. Framed by essays about the life and death of loved ones, the book explores the importance of family, friendship and what it means to care for another human being. Above all, Road Trip is about transformations that happen in ways we may not always understand or welcome—it’s about travelling down unknown and unexpected roads with good humor, generosity and a spirit of adventure.
About the Author
Mark Rozema was raised in the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. His formative years were spent in the bed of a pickup truck, careening down dusty Reservation roads, exploring remote canyons with his dingo-Aussie mutt. Adulthood found him on farms, fishing boats, fire lines, in group homes, and in classrooms. After leaving Arizona, he wandered through Utah, Alaska, and Montana, eventually landing in Washington, where he now tutors students at Edmonds Community College. He received an MFA from the University of Montana in 1990. His writing celebrates the ways in which identity is shaped by relationships to landscape, community and family. His essays can be found in various journals, including Flyway, Weber Studies, Isthmus, Under The Sun, Sport Literate, and Superstition Review. He lives in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. Road Trip is his first book.
“In these essays of exploration and quest, Mark Rozema relates tales of danger and exhilaration, serenity and solace, the sustenance of his own experiences and those of the people he meets travelling ‘a road that pulls you in . . . wind and an aching blue sky . . . .’ Rozema’s easy, narrative prose, filled with the names and details of plants, mountains, rivers, animals, the towns he passes through, often becomes beautifully lyrical, touching the power of what wild land and sky together mean to the human soul.”
—Pattiann Rogers, author of Firekeeper, Generations and Holy Heathen Rhapsody
“In Road Trip, essayist Mark Rozema takes us along on a journey over several decades, as he comes to terms with change and loss, including losing his father to Alzheimer’s disease. In prose clear and luminous as ‘stones at the bottom of the river,’ he reminds us of the power of place as he describes growing up outside Flagstaff, Arizona. From there we range to the North Cascades, then to a cabin outside Fairbanks, Alaska, finding grace in unexpected places along the way. Next time you take a road trip, you’ll want Mark Rozema at the wheel; his lyric, engaging prose offers readers many moments of stunning beauty and much well-earned wisdom.”
—Holly J. Hughes, author of Sailing by Ravens
“The best writing, like a deep breath and a clear thought, seems effortless. Such are the essays in Road Trip. Rozema covers ground—a lot of it. Witness Alaska’s Resurrection River ‘as it tumbles through wind-sheared tundra.’ ‘Glissade down narrow snow chutes’ surrounding Washington’s Enchantment Basin. Tour the sifting cinder hill country northeast of Flagstaff. In these essays, landscape details are precise and sensual but unstudied, delivered by an introspective writer who’s not just ‘been there,’ but in memory, desire, and regret, lives there. Take this trip. Let Mark Rozema guide you into ‘a world of curves, where every turn leads to surprise.’ You’ll find such beauty here.”
Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake and Red Ant House.