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The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down (English Edition) de [McCarthy, Andrew]
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"[The] reader gets to see the world in a way that only the author can show it and vicariously inhabit a self that only one person can be... McCarthy achieves this with charm and credibility... [His] prose shines with intelligence and intimacy... [This] soulful and searching book is ultimately that: a long, strange trip ion the direction of full-throttle love." -- Cheryl Strayed The New York Times Book Review "McCarthy ponders some of the biggest and most frightening questions surrounding intimacy: How does a loner connect? How does a traveler settle down? How do we merge into families without losing ourselves? The answer seems to be that all these things are impossible...and yet somehow we do it anyway. There is much to be learned, and much to be admired, in this elegant, thoughtful story."-Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love "Brave and moving...McCarthy's keen sense of scene and storytelling ignites his accounts...[t]hreaded with an exemplary vulnerability and propelled by a candid exploration of his own life's frailties." National Geographic Traveler "Andrew McCarthy treks from Baltimore to the Amazon, exploring his commitment issues as fearlessly as he scales Mount Kilimanjaro." Elle "This is not some memoir written by an actor who fancies himself a world traveler. McCarthy really is a world traveler - and a damned fine writer, too...To readers who think, "Andrew McCarthy? Really?" the answer is a resounding and emphatic yes. Really." Booklist "Combining the best aspects of Paul Theroux's misanthropy in books like Old Patagonian Express and Elizabeth Gilbert's emotions in Eat, Pray, Love, [The Longest Way Home] is hard to put down. Bound to be popular, this compelling and honest chronicle will not disappoint readers." Library Journal "It's hard to write books that are both adventurous and touching, but Andrew McCarthy manages to pull it off and more! A smart, valuable book." --Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan "McCarthy delivers a deeply revealing memoir about settling down, both with a woman and in his own skin. An unflinchingly honest examination of his life as an actor, son, brother, husband, and father, as well as his struggle with commit-ting to a woman in his life whom he plans to-and does, by the end of the book-marry in Dublin. Alcoholism, infidelity, the dark side of celebrity-McCarthy holds nothing back. ... he skillfully brings the locations and their characters to life. ...Like the best travel, accompanying McCarthy on his road toward self-awareness and the woman he loves is much more about the journey than the destination." Gotham magazine "Rarely have I seen the male psyche explored with such honesty and vulnerability. This is the story of a son, a father, a brother, a husband, a man who finds the courage not only to face himself, but to reveal himself, and, in so doing, illuminates something about what it is to be human, fully alive, and awake." --Dani Shapiro, Author of Devotion "Where lesser writers might reach for hyperbole and Roget to describe such exotic lands as Patagonia, Kilimanjaro and Baltimore, in The Longest Way Home, McCarthy leans on subtlety, a straightforward style and hard-won insights to allow his larger stories to unfold. It's not hard to imagine him as the solitary figure in the cafe, scribbling in a notebook by candlelight, making the lonely, tedious work of travel writing look romantic and easy."--Chuck Thompson, author of Better Off Without 'Em and Smile When You're Lying "As an actual voyage, McCarthy's globe-trotting tale is an evocative, highly entertaining read. But as an introspective and emotional journey, his story is unforgivingly honest, courageous, and hard to put down." --David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiousity "This book is the one that keeps you up later than you wanted and occupies your mind long after you put it down. It's the kind of great writing that transforms my thoughts into its same cadence and has me suddenly writing my own stories in my head, attempting to pull something from the inspiration of incredibly detailed observations and well-turned phrases." -- The Beat of NJ blog "A candid, touching and often humorous new memoir." San Francisco Chronicle

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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.

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  • Editor: Free Press; Edición: Reprint (18 de septiembre de 2012)
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A very personal story of Andrew's journey 14 de noviembre de 2012
Por dpacker - Publicado en
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I bought this book for two reasons, one very realistic, the other very shallow. I'll start with the shallow: I wanted to marry Andrew McCarthy when I was 15 years old. Okay, I got that part over with. The real reason I bought this book is because I discovered a while back that Andrew McCarthy is a travel writer (and Editor at Large) for National Geographic. As someone who dreams of being a world traveler, discovering all of the beauties of the world and learning all the cultures, being a citizen of the world (as Andrew says), I read his travel pieces to hear his take on some of the places I wish to explore someday. What I found is that Andrew is an exceptional storyteller. He describes the places he's been and things he sees with such colorful details. As I read some of his articles, I could almost picture myself there, seeing the things that he was describing. When I learned that he had a book coming out, I immediately ordered my copy so that I could read more of his explorations. You learn immediately from the cover of the book that the focus is not of his travels, but rather what he learns from his travels and the discoveries (both self and cultural) he makes to lead him to the point of marrying his longtime girlfriend. As I read the book, I found some of the same descriptive storytelling from his other travel stories, but I also found that Andrew is not the guy you expect him to be from his acting. He's a guy that prefers to be alone in his explorations and thoughts. I won't give the book away, but I will say that I originally only gave it three stars. And that's because I read it after having read some reviews here at What I took from those was a tone that I used to read the book because many had said that he whined and really just needed to grow up. While I didn't get that from the book, I did assert a tone that really should not have been there. That said, I still really enjoyed Andrew's story and reading the book. The following weekend, I went to Atlanta with a friend who is both an avid reader and a world traveler. We attended a book festival event where Andrew was interviewed about his book. We found him to be the intelligent and witty guy that we expected him to be all along. While he may enjoy traveling alone, he is very good at charming a crowd. After hearing him discuss his book in person and talk about some of the specific situations that he had written about, I quickly learned that many of the places where I had asserted a bit of sarcastic tone really deserved a humorous tone. After that, I decided that my rating deserved at least four stars, not the original three that I gave it. I really enjoy Andrew's travel articles, I enjoyed his book, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to hear him speak about his book in person. All of that together made The Longest Way Home a very enjoyable experience as a whole. And, yes, the guy from Pretty In Pink can write. More importantly, he can tell a story.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Worth the Journey 6 de mayo de 2015
Por Mary Kearney - Publicado en
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The author travels to learn about himself and to directly encounter life. He explains this in the first chapter and since it is what I view as my primary benefit of visiting other cultures and places, I was intrigued. One could say he "works through things' by immersing himself in travel. For someone who has been a public person he is surprisingly open and candid. It is clear that he has learned to be honest with himself and others. His descriptions of the places he visits, the Amazon, Patagonia, Kilimanjaro and others are abundantly detailed and helpful if the reader is seeking adventure herself, or to vicariously enjoy exotic sites. He is also witty in a dry, quiet sort of way that adds color and life to his narrative. The book is thoughtfully written and like the adventures he describes, engrossing.
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Freudian! 16 de enero de 2014
Por Tim Minn - Publicado en
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Why 4 stars? I liked it, a lot. I am just comparing to other books I have read. I did like it and would recommend it. It has a lot or interpersonal going on and not a genuine travel book but very good, a great book about personal discovery, increasing confidence and passion in your life.
In buying the book I thought it was about Andrew's travels through the world. I read the reviews and most were good. I saw some of his movies when he was younger and I always liked him. I thought I would give it a shot. The book is about his travels, also about his relationship with himself, and his partner D. The places he traveled and his accounts of his travels were interesting. His candor about himself, very interesting.
To me the interesting part was his thoughts about himself. I thought most actors were outgoing extroverts who enjoyed people, he didn't. His enjoyment was being by himself, his self analysis was excellent. I guess acting is a gig, like all gigs, you don't need to be out there. He was traveling figuring himself out, his why's! So many of us lead lifes without thinking about why we are the way we are and whether we are happy and have some purpose, we exist. I think Andrew got it right. His family relationship was intriguing. I remember taking my dog to the vet and he asked if she was a good mom, I said yes. I asked aren't all dog mom's good, he said oh no! I thought mmmm, how many of us would give our parents a good score? But we don't seem to figure it out do we! We have kids but what do we do to make parent's be better parent's, nothing! Too damn busy thinking about ourselves, our torrid past, what we deserve, what we missed, how to spell ME! How about how to be a parent class, mandatory, in higher education! I don't doubt his home life affected him, his drinking, his life, his confidence. He was doing a great job in "getting over it", many can't.
He came across as a loner, pompous, from Chicago (but he wasn't). But, this was him, I don't think he ever thought he was better than anyone, he had a passion for life, that was him. Too many people put on "fake" personalities to receive reinforcement from others, builds their low esteem. I liked him in the end, other than his verbiage of his relationship with Timmy-pedia, one of his climbing partners. He kept working on what happened and how can I get better, it was almost like there was someone helping him try to figure life out.
His relationship with his partner "D" was interesting. She was more outgoing but had great love for Andrew. I often questioned his love for her. I thought he used her as the compass to direct his life, he didn't like some things she wanted to do or did yet he kept going with the flow. If there marriage failed I think it might be Andrew stepping off of the white line. My other question: are the kids alright? Really, who cares about the adults! The kids, it's about the kids they are our future. We have to bring the family back, restore marriage and think of the grand-kids for 2060.
I don't read other reviews until after I write mine, and I don't write a review on every book I write. In reading the reviews I noted some of the readers disliked Andrew, I don't think Andrew liked Andrew. I think as you read on in the book that was very apparent. I think his travels helped him! I think he became more loving and caring and a better parent, and a better parent than what he had.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautifully Written 26 de enero de 2014
Por Movie Maven - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa blanda Compra verificada
Andrew McCarthy was always my favorite member of the Brat Pack in the '80's, especially his work in "The Joy Luck Club" and a little known movie with Helen Hunt and Kelly Preston entitled "Only You" from 1992. I had previously tried to read fellow Brat Packer Rob Lowe's book, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" but found that it was so peppered with the f-word, that I couldn't really get interested in it. McCarthy's book was the very first book that I downloaded onto my Kindle Paperwhite device and I tore through it in in less than a week's time. He interweaves stories about his travels and his personal relationship with his partner, whom he refers to as "D," in a very open, vulnerable, and intimate way. As I read his book, I was reminded of the movie, "The Accidental Tourist," in which the lead character travels to beautiful places but remains untouched by them and then writes books so that others who travel to the same places can also remain untouched by them. Mr. McCarthy's book was the anti "Accidental Tourist" in that he describes in great detail the places that he travels to and the people that he met along the way so that you know how profoundly he was touched by them. In particular, there's a story about a little girl who desperately needed medical care that she couldn't access in the village in which she lived. Mr. McCarthy and the others who were with him made sure that this little girl got the help that she needed......I hope that I didn't give too much away here! I would highly recommend this book, it's one of the best reads that I've come across in a while, and I don't think that you'll be sorry for the time spent reading it!
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas It's all about the Journey 14 de marzo de 2014
Por Joan Zabelka - Publicado en
Formato: CD de audio Compra verificada
Love this on lots of levels. Andrew McCarthy is someone I've been drawn to through his Hallmark movie characters. I can't say I paid that much attention to many of his movie before; I'm not a big movie or TV watcher. His characters on Hallmark drew me in and I wanted to find out more about this actor (and let's face it - he's cute.) When I found he turned to travel writing as a way to find himself I was more intrigued.

It's always interesting to read how others process their journeys and travel writing is such a fun, spot on metaphor for exactly what he was and is going through on this journey of self discovery. His stories are rich in beauty, depth, truth, and most of all growth. McCarthy is willing to be open and vulnerable, His story isn't a cocky self-portrait, but one of humility, sharing, and encouragement for fellow travelers. It is his story. He is a private person in a very "under the microscope" occupation perhaps that paradox enabled him to expose his very personal side.

As a follower traveler on this journey of life, I love to sit in on the "want to see the slides of our summer vacation" moments. I love peeking in to see how others cope, push ahead, and continue to love in good times and in not so good times. I bought the audio version of McCarthy's story. He narrates it, so it is even more personal. It's like he's sitting right there telling me the stories in person.

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