Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan

A little bit of excitement showed up in our email box this morning. It was a response to an email my husband had sent to John Grogan the author of The Longest Trip Home and Marley and Me. Imagine the author of two extremely successful books taking the time to write back! That made our Sunday morning.

I purchased The Longest Trip Home from a couple of weeks ago as an early Father's Day gift for my husband because I had read that it was about the author's life growing up in a Catholic family in the Detroit area. The author grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan which is the next town over from where I grew up in Union Lake. So I knew that both my husband and I would both see things in the book that would remind us of our childhoods.

Jim read aloud parts of the book to me as we sat on our deck the other night drinking wine. I was surfing the net and he was reading his book. Jim could relate to all the Catholic school references and I related to the all the locations like Dodge Park, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor and Central Michigan University. We both related to what it was like to grow up in the 70's in the Detroit area. I kept teasing Jim to let me know when he got to the part about "the hot blonde" working at Happy Hour Party Shoppe in Keego Harbor because that "hot blonde" would be me! Funny, but he never came across that sentence in the book. Jim mentioned that I worked there when I was in High School in his email telling him how much he enjoyed the book and when John Grogan wrote him back he said he remembered the Happy Hour Party Shoppe well! "Hot blonde" reference or not, that made my day!

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