Want to read a good travel book that’s also about an individual’s quest to understand himself and his feelings for the woman and children he loves? Check out actor and director Andrew McCarthy’s affecting new book called The Longest Way Home.
McCarthy wasn’t sure what was holding him back from marrying his fiancée of four years. A lifelong traveler, he decided to take to the road. He hobbled up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a bad knee and traveled on a river boat in the Amazon. Before he departs for Costa Rica, his four-year-old daughter asks him if he knows when she likes him the best.
“When?” he asks.
“When,” she says, “you come back from staying at the airport.”
McCarthy stays at a lot of airports before he embraces the idea that the center of his life are his fiancée and children. And the revelations he experiences, peeling away the uncertainty that surrounded his heart like layers of an onion, is very affecting.
You may know McCarthy from his roles in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Pretty in Pink” or TV’s “Lipstick Jungle.” But if you’ve never read his lyrical writing in National Geographic Traveler, pick up The Longest Way Home.