John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


USA Today chimes in

Monday, October 20, 2008

About three weeks ago, Carol Memmott, USA Today's book editor, made the 3 1/2-hour drive north from her offices outside Washington, D.C., to spend a morning with me, talking about my new book, the old book, the children's books, and of course, the upcoming movie. As it turns out, just before she arrived I caught my new Lab pup, Woodson, gleefully devouring the cover of a copy of Bad Dog, Marley! that someone had dropped by to have signed. I couldn't resist showing Carol the shredded remains in the trash can. We both had to laugh at the unscripted Marley-worthy moment. The tradition continues.

Here is her piece that ran in USA Today this morning: (And yes, Woodson's moment of mischief made the cut.)

By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY

EMMAUS, Pa. — A movie star is snoozing on writer John Grogan's sofa.
The cuddly celebrity is Woodson, Grogan's 8-month-old puppy. His claim to canine fame?
He's one of about two dozen Labrador retrievers who stand in for Marley in Marley & Me, the film version of Grogan's best-selling 2005 memoir about his adorable but mischievous yellow Lab.
These are high-profile times for Grogan. Marley & Me the movie opens Christmas Day and stars Owen Wilson as the writer and Jennifer Aniston as his wife, Jenny.
On Tuesday, William Morrow publishes Grogan's second memoir, The Longest Trip Home, his story of growing up in a devoutly Catholic family in suburban Detroit.
Grogan, 51, and his wife and their three children, Patrick, 16, Conor, 14, and Colleen, 11, have lived in this rural community about an hour outside Philadelphia since 1999. Their menagerie includes three cats, two chickens and another Lab, 4-year-old Gracie.
Marley, who died in 2003, is buried in the backyard, beneath an arc of cherry trees and wild raspberry bushes. Nothing indicates it's the resting place of a celebrity. "I intentionally wanted him to blend into the landscape," Grogan says. ....

To read the full story -- and see a photo of Mr. Woodson and me, and a shot of Owen Wilson pretending to be me and Woodson pretending to be Marley (I hope you're keeping this straighter than I am) -- please follow this link:

Now I need to get to bed. I'm writing this from the Omni Berkshire hotel on 52nd Street in New York. In six hours I will be up and on my way to the ABC studios in Times Square for a four-minute segment on Good Morning America. Nothing is set in stone, but it is supposed to run between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. (that's Tuesday morning). Tune in if you dare! :)

Then I read from The Longest Trip Home and sign books at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue at 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan at 12:30 p.m.

Over and out for now.... John

posted by John Grogan at 5:34 PM


Blogger cuttywren2 said...

John, I'm looking forward to your new book! I have worn out my copy of Marley and me, it has been loaned out so many times and crossed the country with family and friends.....a timeless and wonderful gift to all animal lovers.
Your post this morning brought up a mention that Marley is buried in your yard in Emmaus. I understand from your daughter ( whom I had the pleasure of spending the day with at hawk mountain. , chaperoning my own middle school daughter- they were quite an entertaining pair!) that your family has moved recently- will Marley remain at his original burial sight? This has always been a dilemma for me......I have moved so many times in my life and had to leave buried pets behind. I have the cremated remains of my last 2 dogs still awaiting their final place.....the poor things have traveled coast to coast!
good luck with your travels and we will catch up to you at one of your signings soon! jen

4:46 AM  
Blogger MicPhilly said...

John, I just wanted to say that I can't wait till your new book comes out. I can't wait till the movie. I do have to say that I do miss you in the Philly Inquirer. Good Luck!

9:22 AM  
Blogger JL-2 said...

Hi John,

Great interview and congrats on the new book!

Jen and the crew

11:23 AM  
Blogger Mishree said...

Hi John,

Could you please comment, at your convenience, on this post I made in my blog?

Thank you so much!


Misha :)

9:15 PM  
Blogger JL-2 said...

Hi! I just finished reading your book Sunday night. That was the BEST book I have ever read! At the end though, I cried. I have two dogs (standard poodles). One of them is a two year old black male with a white "L" on his chest and a white dot on his chin. His name is Edward. I also have an eight ( almost nine months old) female that is an apricot color. She has bigger ears then Edward! Anyway, the ears are a dark red-gold color. Edward is very much like Marley. Edward: Does not know how to walk on a leash, is VERY demanding. (But does not drink out of the toilet). What he does do though is push the door open with is nose when your in the bath-room. And lets just say Delta has her CRAZY side and her calm, sweet side. I heard the "Marley & Me" movie is coming out. I am 9 years old and I enjoyed your book VERY much!!!!!


10:35 AM  

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