Let's Take the Long Way Home [With Earbuds] (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Gail Caldwell, Joyce Bean (Read by)
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Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp became best friends as adults and forged a relationship that Caldwell recounts as if it had a golden glow. They had many things in common – both were recovering alcoholics, both overcame big physical hurdles (polio and anorexia), both were writers of note, both were introverts. They had even dated the same man at different times. They bonded over the love of their dogs and the water and spent hours walking in the woods and learning each other’s favorite activity (rowing and swimming.) When Knapp was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, they share this experience as well. This brief but incredibly moving memoir of a friendship doesn’t dwell on the mechanics of death but rather the ability of the heart, like a starfish, to experience an amputation and keep on living.

— Sydne, Atlanta

Summer 2012 Reading Group


“This is the heart-warming and heart-wrenching story of the author's deep friendship with writer Caroline Knapp. Through rowing, swimming, writing, their dogs, and sharing life experiences, they nurture a connection that we would all love to have with someone. An honest and unforgettable tribute to best friends.”
— Ellen Jarrett, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

August 2010 Indie Next List


“This is the heart-warming and heart-wrenching story of the author's deep friendship with writer Caroline Knapp. Through rowing, swimming, writing, their dogs, and sharing life experiences, they nurture a connection that we would all love to have with someone. An honest and unforgettable tribute to best friends.”
— Ellen Jarrett, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA



Product Details
ISBN: 9781616373344
ISBN-10: 1616373342
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication Date: December 1st, 2010
Language: English
Series: Playaway Adult Nonfiction