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ISBN: 0061713244 / ISBN-13: 9780061713248

The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir

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In his debut bestseller Marley & Me, John Grogan showed how a dog can become an extraordinary presence in the life of one family. Now in his highly ... Show synopsis

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vatoco6

A life of a lapsed Catholic

by vatoco6 on Feb 1, 2009

John Grogan tells an intriguing autobiographical tale of growing up with parents whose lives revolved around the Catholic church. He speaks in vivid detail about his childhood vacations touring Catholic shrines, and his adolescence when he is given the choice to leave his private Catholic school to experience public high school with his neighborhood friends. He goes to college, marries and watches his parents age. Through it all, there is a strong undercurrent of John choosing not to follow the religious path of his parents, and the conflict that brings.to him, his wife, and even in small part to his three children. His parents eventually attain an uncomfortable silence about John's lack of spiritual path. Eventually, he comes home to care for his elderly father, who has leukemia. He also has to find suitable care for his mother, who now experiences life through the haze of dementia. He makes his peace with them as best as he is able, and finds some comfort in the religion of his youth. I suspect John Grogan whites as he speaks. He wwrites in a warm and thought provoking style. Reading this book was like talking to an old friend for me. And as a former Catholic myself, John's book reflected my own experience with my faith and my mother. I greatly appreciated his perspective.

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