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Brat: An '80s Story


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Since starring in the movies he recounts throughout Brat, Andrew McCarthy has become a director, an award-winning travel writer, and a bestselling author. He has directed more than eighty hours of television, including Orange in the New Black, The Blacklist, Gossip Girl, and many others. For a dozen years he served as editor at large at National Geographic Traveler, and his award-winning travel writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME, and elsewhere. He is the author a travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, and a young-adult novel, Just Fly Away--both New York Times bestsellers.


"[E]lectrifying. . . [C]ompelling and lyrical."--Irish Independent

"McCarthy's stories not only offer dishy name-dropping, but also near-constant humorous self-deprecation as he looks at his past with the advantages of age and time."

--A.V. Club
"[Brat] has a little something for everyone. . . [A]n entertaining, yet self-reflective, romp down memory lane. McCarthy's writing is solid and flowing, honest and critical. Fans with a special place in their heart for '80s nostalgia are sure to enjoy the stories shared here."--The Nerd Daily
"[Brat] is an honest exploration of the highs and lows of being part of the Hollywood crowd."--Town & Country
"[L]ong-awaited. . . [A]n incessantly grabby page-turner."--National Review
"[McCarthy's] perspective is welcome, his insight more, much more, than zero."--USA Today
"[McCarthy] reveals a few fun behind-the-scenes details (he had to reshoot the prom scene in Pretty in Pink while wearing an ill-fitting wig!), but [Brat] is no salacious tell-all. With bracing intimacy and honesty, he digs deep to chronicle his own self-destructive alcohol abuse and his intense discomfort in the spotlight."--Parade
"Aside from a squeal-inducing trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up in the Brat Pack era, Andrew McCarthy's Brat: An '80s Story is a surprisingly, and refreshingly, honest memoir."--Forbes
"Shrewd storytelling ...brutal honesty...a timeless whirl through the surreal Hollywood shuffle."--Entertainment Weekly
"With "Brat: An '80s Story," out May 11, [McCarthy] offers not only a recollection of his experiences shooting films like "Pretty in Pink," "Mannequin," "Weekend at Bernie's" and the Georgetown-set ensemble "St. Elmo's Fire," but a broader exploration of the tangled nature of success, fame, his complicated relationship with his father and his personal demons. Less sordid tell-all, more contemplative reflection."--The Washington Post
"Andrew McCarthy is giving readers an inside look at what life as a member of Hollywood's Brat Pack was really like in Brat: An '80s Story. His memoir focuses on what it was like for the Pretty in Pink star to come of age during one of the most significant eras in Hollywood's pop culture history."--PopSugar
"If "Pretty in Pink," "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Less than Zero" continue to stay in heavy rotation on your must-watch list, odds are Andrew McCarthy's new memoir is as much a no-brainer as Andie ending up with Blane at the prom. The Brat Packer focuses on growing up in New York City in the '80s, getting candid about lost innocence and the highs and lows of his rise to fame in Hollywood."--CNN
"Andrew McCarthy, the star of St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink, looks back on one glitzy, debaucherous decade in Brat. . . [T]his memoir is a must-read for any film fan."--Bustle
"Students of acting will appreciate learning about McCarthy's versions of method acting and his struggles with performing for a camera. Fans of '80s cinema will love the chance to reminisce."--Library Journal
"[A] heartful memoir...McCarthy is clear-eyed and unsparing about Hollywood but takes the emotional intensity of the actor's craft and life seriously. The result is a riveting portrait of the artist as a young man."--Publishers Weekly
"Andrew McCarthy is one of the best. He's a dogged character: witty and wry, self-abnegating, always questioning his success. Thanks to his prodigious talents, he succeeds beautifully. This unlikely leading man explores masculinity, success, the dangers of fame, ambition, and cigarettes in this elegant and humorous coming-of-age story of a Brat Pack actor turned director and writer."--Candace Bushnell, bestselling author and creator of Sex and the City
"How lucky we are that Andrew McCarthy, such a key player in the Brat Pack phenomenon, should happen to be so naturally gifted a writer and so piercingly, ruefully, and hilariously wise, intelligent, and insightful a chronicler of that wild ride. He somehow survived the madness, and the result is a truly rewarding addition to the bookshelves of film lovers everywhere."--Stephen Fry, writer, actor, and comedian
"My only quibble with this absorbing, thoughtful, and sometimes painfully honest memoir is with the title; McCarthy is anything but a brat. He is certainly an unlikely movie star, and the story of how this diffident and insecure young man found himself at the center of the culture in the 1980s--and then decided to walk away from it all--makes for a fascinating read."--Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and The Good Life
"With wit, wisdom, and a depth of honesty that will resonate to your core, Andrew McCarthy lays down the armor of an unknowable scared boy to shine light on the complex and conflicting pieces that make up the intelligent, introspective, compassionate, and wise man who is even more lovable than the boy we first fell in love with."--Demi Moore, actress and New York Times bestselling author of Inside Out
A candid, touching, and often humorous new memoir.--San Francisco Chronicle
Andrew McCarthy treks from Baltimore to the Amazon, exploring his commitment issues as fearlessly as he scales Mount Kilimanjaro.--Elle
Brave and moving. . . McCarthy's keen sense of scene and storytelling ignites his accounts...[t]hreaded with an exemplary vulnerability and propelled by a candid exploration of his own life's frailties.--National Geographic
It's hard to write books that are both adventurous and touching, but Andrew McCarthy manages to pull it off and more! A smart, valuable book.--Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan
McCarthy ponders some of the biggest and most frightening questions surrounding intimacy: How does a loner connect? How does a traveler settle down? How do we merge into families without losing ourselves? The answer seems to be that all these things are impossible...and yet somehow we do it anyway. There is much to be learned, and much to be admired, in this elegant, thoughtful story.--Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love
Rarely have I seen the male psyche explored with such honesty and vulnerability. This is the story of a son, a father, a brother, a husband, a man who finds the courage not only to face himself, but to reveal himself, and, in so doing, illuminates something about what it is to be human, fully alive, and awake.--Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion
Soulful and searching . . . McCarthy's prose shines with intelligence and intimacy . . . A long, strange trip on the direction of full-throttle love.--Cheryl Strayed, New York Times Book Review
This is not some memoir written by an actor who fancies himself a world traveler. McCarthy really is a world traveler - and a damned fine writer, too...To readers who think, Andrew McCarthy? Really? the answer is a resounding and emphatic yes. Really.--Booklist
Where lesser writers might reach for hyperbole and Roget to describe such exotic lands as Patagonia, Kilimanjaro and Baltimore, in The Longest Way Home, McCarthy leans on subtlety, a straightforward style and hard-won insights to allow his larger stories to unfold. It's not hard to imagine him as the solitary figure in the cafe, scribbling in a notebook by candlelight, making the lonely, tedious work of travel writing look romantic and easy.--Chuck Thompson, author of Better Off Without 'Em and Smile When You're Lying

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