The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

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8 Critic Reviews

...an interesting combination of memoir and travel writing. McCarthy is engaging whether he is telling stories about his childhood... or recounting his trip to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
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Synopsis

WITH AN IRREPRESSIBLE TASTE for adventure, candor, and a vivid sense of place, award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy takes us on a deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world’s most evocative locales.

Unable to commit to his fiancée of nearly four years—and with no clear understanding of what’s holding him back—Andrew McCarthy finds himself at a crossroads, plagued by doubts that have clung to him for a lifetime. Something in his character has kept him always at a distance, preventing him from giving himself wholeheartedly to the woman he loves and from becoming the father that he knows his children deserve. So before he loses everything he cares about, Andrew sets out to look for answers.

Hobbling up the treacherous slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, dodging gregarious passengers aboard an Amazonian riverboat, and trudging through dense Costa Rican rain forests—Andrew takes us on exotic trips to some of the world’s most beautiful places, but his real journey is one of the spirit.

On his soul-searching voyages, Andrew traces the path from his New Jersey roots, where acting saved his life—and early fame almost took it away—to his transformation into a leading travel writer. He faces the real costs of his early success and lays bare the evolving nature of his relationships with women. He explores a strained bond with his father, and how this complex dynamic shapes his own identity as a parent. Andrew charts his journey from ambivalence to confidence, from infidelity and recklessness to acceptance and a deeper understanding of the internal conflicts of his life.

A gifted writer with an unsparing eye, Andrew relishes bizarre encounters with the characters whom he encounters, allowing them to challenge him in unexpected ways. He gets into peculiar, even dangerous situations that put him to the test—with mixed results. Disarmingly likable, Andrew is open, honest, and authentic on every page, and what emerges is an intimate memoir of self-discovery and an unforgettable love song to the woman who would be his wife.
 

About Andrew McCarthy

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Andrew McCarthy is a writer, actor, and director. He is an editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. The Society of American Travel Writers named him Travel Journalist of the Year in 2010 and presented him their Grand Award in 2011. McCarthy made his acting debut at nineteen and has appeared in dozens of films, including Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Joy Luck Club. He lives in New York.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Free Press. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Longest Way Home
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Aug 01 2012

A clunky mix of memoir and travelogue that only occasionally does justice to either form.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Cheryl Strayed on Sep 21 2012

And this soulful and searching book is ultimately that: a long, strange trip in the direction of full-throttle love.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Sep 13 2012

...an interesting combination of memoir and travel writing. McCarthy is engaging whether he is telling stories about his childhood... or recounting his trip to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Gelt on Sep 29 2012

...the pages of "The Longest Way Home" are filled with rich descriptions of foreign lands and people.

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Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Pressler on Sep 07 2012

...the observational skills he’s developed in his primary career are useful when he’s describing the characters he meets on the road, who come alive with just a few gestures

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Star Pulse

Excellent
Reviewed by Brittany Frederick on Sep 21 2012

...The Longest Way Home is a worthwhile read for those who enjoy stories of world travel, those who contemplate the bigger picture, and fans of McCarthy alike.

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Literary Inklings

Good
Reviewed by Casee Marie on Sep 18 2012

A very entertaining, modestly celebratory, and deeply personal book for the traveler in all of us.

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Amateur Traveler

Below average
Reviewed by Carrie Kroschel

...the lack of much description, feeling, or sense of place leaves this reader wanting much more adventure and much less whining.

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