Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy recounts his own quest to uncover his family's history along with 25 other individuals' stories from Sicily to Argentina to Taiwan to Russia and beyond. Each story offers a personal take on journeying home, including actively searching for previously unknown roots, meeting up with old family, and perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for one's origin. Sidebars and a hefty resource section provide tips and recommendations on how to go about your own research, and a foreword by the Genographic Project's Spencer Wells sets the scene. Stunning photographs along with family recipes round out this compelling narrative about embarking on your own exploration to discover your homeland.
Andrew McCarthy is an actor and television director (known for his roles in the 1980s films St. Elmo's Fire, Mannequin, Weekend at Bernie's, Pretty in Pink, and Less Than Zero) who also has an illustrious writing career. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, Afar, Men's Journal, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Adventure, and others. The Society of American Travel Writers named him 2010 "Travel Journalist of the Year," and he was cited three times for notable work in the "Best American Travel Writing" series. His 2012 memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times bestseller.