Both books are collections of story-essays. The Driveway Diaries grew out of NPR commentaries and newspaper and magazine columns I wrote while living on Chapin Road in Essex and struggling to come to terms with being a new homeowner in semi-rural Vermont. The first edition was so popular (it was excerpted in Harper’s magazine and read on Martha Stewart Radio!) that it sold out immediately, but thanks to an eccentric New York literary publisher was never reprinted. Many of my neighbors who appear in the book turned up to the book’s launch, which took place almost exactly a decade ago at the Essex Free Library. I hope they come back for the launch of the second edition, which includes several more stories (including the classic battle between my driveway and my pond) that round out my time living on Chapin Road and see me returning to city life in Burlington.