Andrew McCarthy is probably best known to 80s kids as the hunk in Brat Pack films like Pretty In Pink, alongside stars Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald — but a teen no more, McCarthy is now a grown man with a career that involves traveling and authoring.
Andrew McCarthy’s new book, The Longest Way Home, details a coming-of-age of a different sort — while his turn in many of the 80s classics for which he is best known were all prom-centric, teen dramas, McCarthy tackles a different sort of maturity-reaching in his book.
In it, the actor turned director discusses a lot of the struggles he faced in balancing his need for adventure with settling down — and in fact, the travel journalist and editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler subtitled his book “One Man’s Quest For The Courage To Settle Down.”
Of the impetus to write The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest For The Courage To Settle Down, Andrew McCarthy describes his initial fears and impulses when he made the decision to marry now-wife Delores Rice. He explains:
“We just decided to get married, and we were feeling all lovey-dovey, the way people feel when they make those kinds of decisions. I was really sad to be going, but I was thrilled to be leaving … That’s the kernel of me, and the problem that needed to be solved before I was going to get married.”
Andrew McCarthy’s new book hits stores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble today, in both hardcover and in ebook format.