Journeys Home
Andrew McCarthy

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Narrated By: Traber Burns, Patrick Lawlor, Adam Verner, Shaun Grindell, Feodor Chin, Bernadette Dunne, Carrington MacDuffie, Amy Rubinate, Armando Durán, John McLain, Tom Bromhead, Mark Peckham, Simon Vance, Arthur Morey, Stephen R. Thorne, R. C. Bray, Michael Kramer, Angela Brazil, Caroline Shaffer, Mia Chiaromonte, Kate Reading, Richard Powers, Christine Williams, Melanie Ewbank, Bob Souer, Rebecca Mitchell, Pam Ward, various narrators

Duration: 8 hours and 42 minutes

What to expect

Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy's featured story recounts his quest to uncover his family's Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection.

Spanning the globe, these stories offer personal takes on journeying home, whether the authors are actively seeking long-lost relatives, meeting up with seldom-seen family members, or perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for their roots. A foreword by the Genographic Project's Spencer Wells sets the scene.


Travel writing, Memoirs, Travel and holiday guides, Travel and holiday, Society and culture: general

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“Not only did this famed travel writer track down his own fascinating Irish roots; his success spurred him on to invite other writers to share their own personal genealogical stories…[also] inviting readers to join the genealogical quest.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“These twenty-six essays range from the prosaic (Illinois) to the mysterious (Tanzania).”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Copious information brimming with heart and soul.”


“Family secrets, mysteries, and lore are the impetus for the emotion-filled sojourns described in…twenty-six essays, covering places as diverse as Scotland, Cambodia, Mexico, Italy, Japan, and India…Whatever the story, each writer describes a moment when confusion, sadness, or detachment fell away and they knew they belonged…This poignant and information-filled travelog and genealogy primer is ideal for public libraries.”

Library Journal

“The essays are read by a large cast of professional narrators; however, listeners may not realize this at first, thanks to the readers’ skilled expression of the authors’ sentiments.”