Excerpt: 'The Longest Trip Home'

"Marley and Me" author delivers humorous, heartfelt memoir.

Oct. 21, 2008 — -- From John Grogan, the author of the New York Times best-seller "Marley and Me," comes a hilarious and touching memoir of his childhood in suburban Detroit.

In his follow-up, "The Longest Trip Home," Grogan shares hilarious stories of growing up in a Catholic household -- run-ins with no-nonsense nuns and family vacations to religious shrines.

The story is punctuated by major milestones in Grogan's life and delves into his decision to distance himself from Catholicism and marry a Protestant woman, a choice that crushed his religiously fervent parents.

In Grogan's distinctive blend of humor and grief, "The Longest Trip Home" takes the reader along on a revelatory journey of love, laughter and life's misgivings.

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Chapter 1