I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK?
Tales of Driving and Being Driven
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780060853921, 256pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
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"I am a poet," I said. "It is my destiny to do strange things."
My father gripped the wheel of his car. "I am the chauffeur for foolishness."
We said no more.
Foolhardy missions. Life-altering conversations. Giftsgiven and received. Loss. Getting lost. Wisdom delivered before dawn and deep into the night. Love and kissing (not necessarily in that order). Laughter. Rides on the edge. Roses. Ghosts.
As a traveling poet and visiting teacher, Naomi Shihab Nye has spent a considerable amount of time in cars, both driving and being driven. Her observations, stories, encounters, and escapadesand the kernels of truth she gathers from themare laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving, and unforgettable. Buckle up.
Naomi Shihab Nye has received a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and four Pushcart Prizes. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her collection Honeybee was awarded the Arab-American Book Award. She is currently serving on the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets. Naomi Shihab Nye has edited several honored and popular poetry anthologies, including Time You Let Me In, What Have You Lost?, Salting the Ocean, and This Same Sky, and she is the author of the novels Habibi and Going, Going. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.