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The Longest Way Home

The Longest Way Home

One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

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WITH ABSORBING HONESTY AND AN IRREPRESSIBLE TASTE for adventure, 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— McCarthy finds himself at a crossroads, plagued by doubts that have clung to him for a lifetime. Though he ventures from the treacherous slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro to an Amazonian riverboat and the dense Costa Rican rain forests, McCarthy’s real journey is one of the spirit. Disarmingly likable, McCarthy isn’t afraid to bare his soul on the 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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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451667509 | 
  • June 2013
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Award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy delivers a revealing and insightful memoir in The Longest Way Home.

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Longest Way Home CHAPTER ONE NEW YORK
“Wanted: Eighteen, Vulnerable and Sensitive”

We had traveled just nineteen miles west—my childhood was left behind. Gone were the backyard Wiffle ball games with my brothers that had defined my summer afternoons, as was the small maple tree in the front yard that I nearly succeeded in chopping down with a rubber ax when I was eight; over were the nights lying in bed talking to my older brother Peter across the room in the... see more

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