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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…McCarthy’s Journeys Home even takes the next step, inviting readers to join the genealogical quest for long-lost relatives.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review 

  • “The reader gets to see the world in a way that only the author can show it and vicariously inhabit a self that only one person can be…McCarthy achieves this with charm and credibility.”

    Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on The Longest Way Home

  • “It’s hard to write books that are both adventurous and touching, but Andrew McCarthy manages to pull it off and more!”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • “Andrew McCarthy’s story of how his love of travel unfolded through his family roots in the Irish county of Cork starts off this collection of travel essays. Each writer goes into family history in some way…with a primer on genealogy wrapping up the audiobook…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.”


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