Andrew McCarthy

Brat: An 80’s Story

Most people know Andrew McCarthy from his movie roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Less than Zero, and as a charter member of Hollywood’s Brat Pack. That iconic group of ingenues and heartthrobs included Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Demi Moore, and has come to represent both a genre of film and an era of pop culture.

In his memoir Brat: An ’80s Story, McCarthy focuses his gaze on that singular moment in time. The result is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction, and masculinity. New York City of the 1980s is brought to vivid life in these pages, from scoring loose joints in Washington Square Park to skipping school in favor of the dark revival houses of the Village where he fell in love with the movies that would change his life.

Filled with personal revelations of innocence lost to heady days in Hollywood with John Hughes and an iconic cast of characters, Brat is a surprising and intimate story of an outsider caught up in a most unwitting success.

Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy has directed some of today’s most popular television shows, including Orange Is the New BlackThe Blacklist, and the upcoming second season of Awkwafina is Nora From Queens. He gained fame as an actor in the 1980’s appearing in such iconic films such as Pretty in PinkSt. Elmo’s Fire, and Less Than Zero, as well as cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. He has starred on Broadway and made numerous television appearances, most recently in the ABC drama The Family. He is also one of today’s leading travel writers.

McCarthy was an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for numerous other publications including The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times best seller in 2012. Algonquin recently published his fiction debut, a young adult novel, Just Fly Away, which is also a New York Times best seller. Andrew released his latest book, Brat: An 80’s Story in April 2021. The book is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction, and masculinity. He lives in New York with wife and three kids.

Website: https://andrewmccarthy.com

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