The Longest Way Home

The Longest Way Home

One Man's Quest For The Courage To Settle Down

Book - 2012
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The author, a travel writer and actor, delivers a memoir about how travel helped him become the man he wanted to be, helping him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment. From time immemorial, travel has been a pursuit of passion, from adventurers of old seeking gold or new lands, to today's spiritual and pleasure seekers who follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert. Some see travel as a form of light-hearted escapism while others believe it has the power to open your mind, forcing you to confront your demons, and discover your true self. The author belongs to this second category of traveler. His memoir follows his excursions to Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Baltimore, Vienna, Kilimanjaro, Dublin, and beyond. He uses his wanderlust to examine his motives and desires, and explore his ambivalence about commitment. He ponders his personal life, his acting career, and his impulse to leave home, all building toward one of the most significant moments of his life: his wedding day. His message about the transformative power of travel is universal, and his exploration of the nature and passion of relationships, both fleeting and enduring, strikes a chord with every man and woman who has ever wondered at the vicissitudes of the human heart.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451667486
Characteristics: v, 273 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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Apr 15, 2019

First travel memoir I've ever read with a whole chapter devoted to Baltimore. lol. Quick, enjoyable read with his attempt to settle into his upcoming marriage and new family life. Really enjoyed his delivery / story-telling of travels to Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica and others.

Feb 11, 2016

Surprisingly insightful memoir.

MedinaReads Apr 16, 2015

Actor Andrew McCarthy, best known for his roles in 1990s Brat Pack films, has also made a name for himself as a travel writer for National Geographic. All of his life, McCarthy struggled with a preference for being alone and a haunting feeling that he never quite fit in. Travel offered him immense pleasure as he explored the world on his own terms. But after meeting his future wife on a trip to Ireland, and having a child with her, McCarthy realized he needed to address and understand his preference for solitude before he could properly commit. Off he went to Patagonia, the Amazon, and Mount Kilimanjaro, making brief but powerful connections with his fellow travelers and ruminating about past mistakes and the kind of future his fiance and children wanted from him. McCarthy's travel writing is lush and detailed, with many moments of humor, raw emotion, and revelation mixed in. I found this book incredibly charming, and I appreciated his honesty when writing about his experiences around the world and how they ultimately led him home, to a wife and family. Recommended by Mary Olson, RA Librarian, MCDL

MaxineML Feb 02, 2015

A surprisingly authentic memoir. Perhaps I was underestimating McCarthy when I picked this up, but I truly enjoyed this travelogue. He delves into his own psyche just enough to keep you interested, but not exhausted, while also describing the places he is in wonderful and precise detail.

Recommended for those who like to read travel memoirs, and also those who remember McCarthy from movies like Pretty in Pink or St. Elmo's Fire.

wendybird Feb 25, 2013

Confession #1: I loved this book, couldn't put it down, stole time away from other stuff to finish. Confession #2 :I still have no idea why I found it so darn compelling! It is decently written, serviceable rather than literary...a bit self indulgent (exactly WHY would we want to follow this actor-come travel writer to the ends of the earth, both physically & metaphorically, while he tries to figure out whether to get married again?).... and yet.... I enjoyed every minute of it. Perhaps it's some lingering devotion to "Pretty In Pink", and other Brat Pack oeuvre? At the heart of it, the story feels straight : a clearly written look at one man's hard work to make some of life's hardest decisions. It would be interesting to know what male readers think!

Oct 19, 2012

Touchingly honest, never gets precious. His wife must really love him ......

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