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Publisher's Summary

In a dramatic, moving work of historical reporting and personal discovery, award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives-and his own.

©2011 Mark Whitaker (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Like Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, Whitaker's memoir is in many ways an iconic story of the post civil rights era, one in which transcending racial barriers liberates people to succeed and fail in their own peculiar ways." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Tina
  • Bear Creek, United States
  • 03-01-12

Beautifully written.

If you could sum up My Long Trip Home in three words, what would they be?

The characters came to life. The author managed to immerse you in his life. One of the most well written books I've ever read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Long Trip Home?

His father moving the family to California, only to end up in divorce. His struggle to grow up without help from his Father.

What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very smooth narration. I actually thought it was the author, he read it so well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me very empathetic and sometimes angry at the Father.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Allison
  • Inglewood, CA, United States
  • 10-02-12

Great Listen!!!

Where does My Long Trip Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a great listen. I had no idea what the book was about but selected it anyway. I was taken in the moment the book began and became so engrossed I actually cried at the end.

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