Best nonfiction books of 2010
I like to think that Montaigne, an inveterate traveler, would have shared my enthusiasm for Peter Hessler's "Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory." Title notwithstanding, it is the nation, not the writer, that is most in motion in this funny, understated, well-reported book. With millions of people abandoning villages for cities each year, China is experiencing the largest internal migration in history. Hessler, by contrast, mostly stays put. He sticks around long enough to speak the language, make friends, max out on Beijing, and acquire a country home.