Road Scholar is a thought-provoking look at the soulscape of America during 1991-1992.

Andrei Codrescu, a poet, humorist, and commentator on the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered," hits the road for a jaunt in his 1968 red Cadillac convertible. He travels from New Orleans to San Francisco with stops in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe, Tucson, and Las Vegas.

A Romanian expatriate who immigrated to the U.S. in 1966, he has a deep fascination with the ways freedom is expressed in belief and lifestyle. The most interesting excursions are those in which he checks out the spiritual vibrations of a utopian community in upstate New York, African American holy rollers in the Midwest, and Native Americans and a Sikh community in New Mexico.

Codrescu is a witty travel guide with a serious interest in the unique and varied ways in which Americans express their spirituality in a materialistic culture.