The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan
A Memoir

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Meet the Grogans

Before there was Marley, there was a gleefully mischievous boy navigating his way through the seismic social upheaval of the 1960s. On the one side were his loving but comically traditional parents, whose expectations were clear. On the other were his neighborhood pals and all the misdeeds that followed. The more young John tried to straddle these two worlds, the more spectacularly, and hilariously, he failed. Told with Grogan's trademark humor and affection, The Longest Trip Home is the story of one son's journey into adulthood to claim his place in the world. It is a story of faith and reconciliation, breaking away and finding the way home again, and learning in the end that a family's love will triumph over its differences.

 

About John Grogan

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John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog as well as the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other and four bestselling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, Marley Goes to School, and Marley and the Kittens. Marley's fifth picture book, Trick or Treat, Marley!, was published in summer 2011. John lives with his wife and three children in the Pennsylvania countryside. You can visit him online at www.johngroganbooks.com.
 
Published October 8, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Although much of the book describes Grogan locking horns with his parents over varied, mostly religious differences, after his father’s leukemia diagnosis it becomes a mushy testament to the power of love, forgiveness and growing old gracefully.

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Three years ago, John Grogan published “Marley & Me” — a memoir about a dog, yes, but so much more.

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John Grogan’s new memoir about his upbringing in a Roman Catholic household echoes emotions that he has already described to best-selling effect in “Marley and Me.”

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Examiner

Author of international bestseller Marley & Me brings you a memoir about a Catholic boy raised and growing up in a Catholic household, leaving it all behind, and then a fateful phone call brings him back home, back to his religious roots.

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Book Reporter

Many of us feel we know and love John Grogan's rambunctious dog Marley and, by extension, Grogan himself.

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Entertainment Weekly

As immortalized in John Grogan's millions-selling memoir Marley & Me in 2005, his head forever cocked sagely to the side in the adorable cover photograph, the yellow Lab Marley is a troublemaking yet life-affirming nonfiction hero for our times — James Frey mixed with Morrie, then turned into a h...

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Grogan had trouble keeping my attention this time around.ProsGrogan is good at writing anecdotes.Grogan captures an American childhood to which many will relate.There are poignant moments that are told well.ConsThe narrative felt disjointed without a "Marley" to hold it together.There wasn't anyt...

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Houston Press

(Is it wrong that I cried for a dying lab, but not a dying human?) Grogan pretty much starts out a doubting Catholic and ends up a doubting Catholic, but as the book comes to a close, he’s finally comfortable being a doubting Catholic.

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