Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

Andrew delivers a revealing and insightful 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.

Whether hobbling up the treacherous slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a bad knee, dodging gregarious passengers aboard an Amazonian river boat, or trudging through the slick Costa Rican rain forests full of wild beasts, Andrew’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of travel. 

I really like travelogue books so I was intrigued to pick up The Longest Way Home.  The author's name is familiar - he's a celebrity.  I remember him from the movies Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo's Fire.  But he's also an accomplished author.  He's an  editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler.

So his girl 'D' wants to settle down but Andrew has a hard time grasping the committment with both hands, so he takes time to find out who he is and what it means to become an adult by travelling.  From Kilamanjaro to Costa Rica, he grapples with himself, while checking back home with 'D' when he gets the chance.

While he's climbing mountains, or searching his soul for the elusive answers, he talks candidly about his career in films, which I found to be entertaining. From Brat Pack to adulthood, The Longest Way Home is a refreshing memoir, interspersed with wonderful descriptions of the places he has travelled to as he makes his soul-searching trek.  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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