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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
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Memoir, Catholicism, Family, Detroit, ARC, 888, 2008, @D

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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 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
There's hardly any mention of Marley in The Longest Trip Home. M&M was an autobiographical slice of Grogan's life - a 12 year period when he was newly married and started a family. In TLTH he goes Big Picture, and starts from the beginning until his father's death shortly before the publication of his blockbuster best seller. While M&M focuses on his wife and kids (and of course the crazy canine) this book looks largely back on his childhood friends, first girlfriends, his fiance Jenny again, but most particularly his parents. In fact, the overarching theme of this book is his lifelong struggle to reconcile his lack of religiosity with his parents steadfast Catholic faith. TLTH, as in M&M, seamlessly blends laugh out loud hilarity with poignant and sadder reflections on the pains of growing up, growing apart, and growing old. However, just as M&M was not by and large a sad book (though I spoke to several dog lovers who avoided reading it because they had heard it was) neither, as a whole, is TLTH. Ultimately, it is about the power of family and the love that can endure between parents and children despite the struggles and conflicts ( )
  OccassionalRead | Oct 15, 2012 |
The title had me thinking of John leaving his faith and then coming back to embrace it. Was I caught off guard. The book was about his life growing up and maturing into an adult. His passions and thoughts were reviewed and enjoyablely noted. Heartwarming and comical yet never made that crossover to real truth with his parents. ( )
  loubigfish | Feb 15, 2011 |
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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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