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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan

I picked up The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan with the intention of glancing through the first chapter before I started cooking dinner. Dinner was late. I got soap bubbles splashed on it from reading while I washed dishes. I got by on much less sleep than I need. This morning, I did an extra couple of miles on the treadmill so I could read. I left an hour early to pick up the kids from school, so I could sit in the car in 104 degree heat and read. My husband was worried I'd slice my finger open when he saw me chopping onions while reading. Wow....what a wonderful memoir. I was a farm girl from Montana, about as far removed from John Grogan's childhood experiences as a person can get, and yet, I swear I saw my family and my life in his story. This is one of those wonderful books, you'll laugh out loud, and you'll finish it in a puddle. I read a post on LibraryThing that suggested you wear sunglasses for the last few chapters, then nobody will see your tears. It's just that touching of a memoir.

Personally, I didn't think that Marley and Me could be topped. I was proven wrong. What a wonderful wonderful book!

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Anonymous said...

Wow! This is near the bottom of my TBR pile, but after that review, it's going to bumped closer to the top. I read while I do things around the house, too. I'll probably fall down the stairs one day with a book in my hand.

Holly said...

I didn't know he'd written anything but Marley and Me. I'm so not a dog person but I loved that book. I'll be checking this one out too! Thanks for the review

Anonymous said...

What a great compliment to John Grogan, that the book was so all-consuming for you! (and I'm glad you didn't slice your fingers while reading/chopping)

Marie Cloutier said...

Great review! Your reaction to the book makes me want to read it right now! :-)

Thoughts of Joy said...

I found you through J. Kaye's Spotlight! :) I enjoyed Grogan's first book and wondered how his memoir would turn out. Great to read that you enjoyed it.