The Longest Trip Home

The Longest Trip Home : A Memoir

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"As he did in Marley, Grogan makes readers feel they have a seat at the family dinner table....4 stars."

John Grogan, author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller, Marley & Me, once again takes readers into his past, his memories, and his heart in The Longest Trip Home--a funny and poignant memoir of faith, family, and identity. A New York Times bestseller in its own right, The Longest Trip Home has earned glowing accolades from the critics ("Genuinely heartrending," --New York Times "Wry and witty," --Washington Post; "Entertaining, funny, and, best of all, always honest at its core," --St. Louis Post-Dispatch). And, just as Marley & Me was more than simply "a dog book," John Grogan's Longest Trip is much, much more than your typical story of a boy's coming-of-age.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 337 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061713309
  • 9780061713309
  • 256,979

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"Genuinely heartending. . .Grogan invests these events with deeply felt humanity and pathos."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
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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.
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About John Grogan

Grogan, John
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Rating details

3,559 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 30% (1,059)
4 40% (1,410)
3 23% (831)
2 6% (199)
1 2% (60)

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I hadn't yet read Marley & Me, I found The Longest Trip Home to be a wonderful introduction to John Grogan's narrative voice. Grogan is sympathetic, funny and witty as he shares the anecdotes and the milestones in his life. We first meet Grogan as a six-year old being woken up in the morning by his mother with a feather duster, surrounded by his siblings. With affection and love, he shares the particular nuances of his childhood as he was raised by deeply Catholic (with icons, pilgrimages, and faith), principled and loving parents. The institution of the Catholic Church and its teachings were a large part of his life from his childhood as an altar boy and in parochial schools to the discussions that he had with his parents when he and Jenny started living together before marriage. John shares how he balanced respecting his parents' faith and his own beliefs and how at all times they respected his individuality and his independence. It is a story of love, respect, and growing up. Skillfully done, The Longest Trip Home is an enjoyable glimpse into a well lived lives full of humor, affection and adventure. Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009), 352 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher and TLC Book more
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