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The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan

The Longest Trip Home (edition 2008)

by John Grogan

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Title:The Longest Trip Home
Authors:John Grogan
Info:William Morrow (2008), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Read in 2008, Read but unowned
Tags:Memoir, Catholicism, Family, Detroit, ARC, 888, 2008, @D

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I loved Marley and Me and this was an equally touching, charming, and vivid story. This time the focus is on John Grogan's family and especially his parents, his coming of age and beyond. (Incidentally, there are certainly amusing anecdotes and adventures, but there are no crazy puppy clowns.) Throughout, Grogan writes about his parents' extreme devotion to Catholicism and his own reactions to religion. As in Marley and Me, Grogan invites us to think, feel, and reflect on our own lives and families. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
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  StephenBeaulieu | Nov 1, 2014 |
Dear Mr. Grogan,

We regret to inform you that your life simply is not interesting enough to necessitate a memoir. Your story is basically about insignificant family issues known only to the privileged and ungracious. Your Catholic parents never did anything to you. You committed crimes and got away with it because of your family's stature in the community. And your friends did not.

You had no real conflicts, the worst being your feeble attempt at growing a marijuana plant. Meanwhile, other children are being beaten, jumped into gangs, and raped (re: Precious). Please forward your book onto someone whose life is so much more amazing then yours that he or she will provide sympathy for your plight, because we cannot provide any at this time.

The theme of this book is Grogan growing up in an traditionalist Catholic family. Then becoming a hippie and rejecting those things (for which he receives no consequences, except sad faces). Then becoming an adult, and finding a happy medium. Nothing happens, and when things should be coming to a head, we are disappointed. There's nothing at stake, just a lot of passive-aggressiveness. I think Grogan needed something to follow up Marley & Me and had nothing. So he wrote everything else that happened in life that wasn't in Marley & Me. ( )
  theWallflower | Feb 24, 2014 |
An excellent story told so well! ( )
  Rootsmeister | Apr 4, 2013 |
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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With his trademark blend of humor and pathos that made "Marley & Me" beloved by millions, John Grogan tells the powerful story of a son in the making--a universal journey of love, faith, and family that explores what it means to break away and find the way home once again.… (more)

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