‘The Longest Trip Home’

John Grogan’s The Longest Trip Home, his memoir of life before Marley, releases on Tuesday. Sister publications Entertainment Weekly and People (both owned by TimeWarner) have diametrically opposing views of the book:

Entertainment Weekly — gives it a “C.” The reviewer liked Marley, but says this one‘”feels more like an uneventful 334-page back-jacket author bio than a book.” Ouch! That comment makes the “C” rating sound like “grade creep.”

People (reviews not available online) — on the opposite end of the spectrum, People gives it four out of four possible stars; “As he did in Marley, Grogan makes readers feel they have a seat at the family dinner table.”

Library ordering and holds are surprisingly light for the followup to such a major bestseller. Orders for four major systems total just 61 copies in all formats, with 113 holds (one of the systems hasn’t ordered it at all). In contrast, these libraries have over 500 copies of Edgar Sawtelle, with reserves totaling over 2,000 at one point.

Also surprising, the book not among Amazon’s most popular pre-orders or in its Top 100 (it’s currently at #436 in Amazon’s sales ranking, which is respectable, but doesn’t indicate a blockbuster).

The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir
John Grogan

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (October 21, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061713244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061713248
  • Audio: Unabridged, $34.95
  • Pub. Date: HarperCollins; October 21, 2008
  • Read by: John Grogan
  • ISBN-13: 9780061726293
  • Large Type, Paperback: $25.95; 496 pages
  • Pub. Date: HarperCollins, October 21, 2008
  • ISBN-13: 9780061728204

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