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The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy
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Apr 12, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, 2012, memoirs
Read from October 09 to 10, 2012

This isn't a shallow, ego-stroking celebrity memoir. Instead, it's a thoughtful rumination from an introverted psuedo-loner integrated among descriptions of the faraway places many dream of visiting. Perhaps I liked this more than most because I can relate to McCarthy's habits of withdrawing in the face of large crowds, wondering if he can build a life with someone who requires family and friends and togetherness in order to thrive. The book is grounded in his thoughts on marriage to his long-time partner, but shines equally when talking about his distant-but-amiable relationship with his father and his life with his in-laws. These things weigh on his mind as he takes us to Patagonia, Costa Rica, Kilimanjaro, Vienna, and...Baltimore. He writes descriptively but sparingly, and does a nice job creating a visual of these distant places. Overall, I would recommend this quick read. It certainly has me looking into more travel pieces by the author. Thanks again, First Reads.

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