He is a familiar face to legions of fans that grew up with him in the 1980s. Andrew McCarthy is best known for his popular roles in the classic “come of age” movies ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ ‘Class’, and opposite Molly Ringwald in ‘Pretty in Pink.’ He is definitely a tried and true member of the Brat Pack — a reference he does not particularly enjoy.
While he has never stopped acting, McCarthy, 52, has spent the past two decades focused on directing and his real passion: travel writing. As an editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler, McCarthy has been fortunate to visit some of the most incredible places in the world, including Argentina’s Patagonia region, the top of Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Costa Rica’s famed Osa region.
The intensely private actor is father of two children and lives with his wife in New York City when he is not traveling around the globe in search of another amazing experience. In 2012, McCarthy let everyone into his private world when he penned ‘The Longest Way Home–One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down’ (2012, Free Press, ISBN 978-4516-6748-6). This is not a typical autobiography, nor is it quite the average tell-all book. McCarthy’s unique, engaging style is not too unsiilar to having the man sit with you to tell the story of his life…his adventures.
He is straightforward in explaining a myriad of reasons that doomed his first marriage and his inability to commit to marriage with his second wife despite nearly seven years of being together. The book is an easy read, entertaining and a delightful look into the life of a travel writer. It is a special opportunity to share intimate life moments with a Hollywood personality that millions grew up with during the 1980s. McCarthy always had that special ability to connect with his fans–in fact, many McCarthy fans often say they felt like they knew him at a personal level. His book is no different. After turning the last page, fans will again feel like they know McCarthy, albeit at a much more personal level.
For those who grew up with McCarthy on the big screen, this book is a telling tale of his life and adventures since that time. He holds nothing back in explaining his early successes. But, if the reader is looking for tales about co-stars Demi Moore, Rob Lowe or Emilio Estevez, then they will be disappointed. McCarthy mentions nothing of the kind about those people he is so often closely associated in film, but in life knew only professionally.
He does, however, dive deep into the family and personal relationships that molded his personality and have defined his life. Make no mistake this book is not about those people–it is about Andrew McCarthy. He deliberately fails to mention the names of his family (other then siblings) and never names his wife (refereed to as “D” throughout) or his children. That style is to be commended in this day when every element of a celebrity’s life seems to be public knowledge.
At 269-pages, ‘The Longest Way Home’ is a quick, insightful read and one that readers may discover a small part of themselves inside. It is good writing, for sure, but it is one of the most truly revealing autobiographies I have ever enjoyed reading.