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My Long Trip Home - A Family Memoir

Mark Whitaker

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Mark Whitaker's father, "Syl" Whitaker, was the charismatic grandson of slaves who grew up the child of black undertakers from Pittsburgh and went on to become a groundbreaking scholar of Africa. His mother, Jeanne Theis, was a shy World War II refugee from France whose father, a Huguenot pastor, helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis and Vichy police. They met in the mid-1950s, when he was a college student and she was his professor, and they carried on a secret romance for more than a year before marrying and having two boys. Eventually they split in a bitter divorce that was followed by decades of unhappiness as his mother coped with self-recrimination and depression while trying to raise her sons by herself, and his father spiraled into an alcoholic descent that destroyed his once meteoric career. Based on extensive interviews and documentary research as well as his own personal recollections and insights, My Long Trip Home is a reporter's search for the factual and motional truth about a complicated and compelling family, a successful adult's exploration of how he rose from a turbulent childhood to a groundbreaking career, and, ultimately, a son's haunting meditation on the nature of love, loss, identity, and forgiveness.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

11h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

38:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

46:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

40:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

33:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

37:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

42:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

39:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

41:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

33:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:27