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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Whitaker Narrator: Robertson Dea Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Mark Whitaker’s father, “Syl” Whitaker, was the charismatic grandson of slaves who grew up the child of black undertakers from Pittsburgh and went on to become a groundbreaking scholar of Africa. His mother, Jeanne Theis, was a shy World War II refugee from France whose father, a Huguenot pastor, helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis and Vichy police.

They met in the mid-1950s, when he was a college student and she was his professor, and they carried on a secret romance for more than a year before marrying and having two boys. Eventually they split in a bitter divorce that was followed by decades of unhappiness as his mother coped with self-recrimination and depression while trying to raise her sons by herself, and his father spiraled into an alcoholic descent that destroyed his once meteoric career.

Based on extensive interviews and documentary research as well as his own personal recollections and insights, My Long Trip Home is a reporter’s search for the truth about a complicated and compelling family, a successful adult’s exploration of how he rose from a turbulent childhood to a groundbreaking career, and, ultimately, a son’s haunting meditation on the nature of love, loss, identity, and forgiveness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whitaker, executive v-p of CNN Worldwide, recounts the risky marriage, bitter divorce, and subsequent discontents of his father, Syl Whitaker, a grandson of slaves who became a prominent African studies scholar, and his mother, Jeanne Theis, a white refugee from WWII Nazi-occupied France whose father helped rescue Jews…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 (starred review)

  • “A fascinating personal treatise on racial identity and complicated father-son dynamics.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peggy Jeffcoat | 2/17/2014

    " This is actually a 3+. It is a family memoir by Mark Whitaker, a biracial man who is the executive vice president of CNN Worldwide. His parents, both college professors, divorced when he was a child. He traces his parents and his own rather chaotic childhood to the person he is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 2/15/2014

    " A remarkable memoir on a university educated family, with Mark's grandparents history, that starts in the 1950's with Mark's birth and ends in the 1990's with his father's death. I admired the examination of the interplay between the family members and Mark's examination of his father that took so long to understand. The story led me to examine my relationship with my family members. I am highly recommending this book to everyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 1/7/2014

    " Started off well but the second half was very disappointing. I guess the Syl and Jeanne story is more interesting than the Mark story or Whitaker finds it easier to "report" on his parents than on himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise | 1/2/2014

    " Received this as an ARC: I was absorbed in the beginning chapters but then lost steam. "

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