A Son of the Game

A Son of the Game

by James Dodson
     
 

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When acclaimed golf writer James Dodson leaves his home in Maine to revisit Pinehurst, North Carolina, where his father first taught him the game that would shape his life and career, he’s at a point where he has lost direction. But once there, the curative power of the sandhills region not only helps him find a new career working for the local paper but also

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When acclaimed golf writer James Dodson leaves his home in Maine to revisit Pinehurst, North Carolina, where his father first taught him the game that would shape his life and career, he’s at a point where he has lost direction. But once there, the curative power of the sandhills region not only helps him find a new career working for the local paper but also reignites his flagging passion for the game of golf. And, perhaps more significantly, it inspires him to try to pass along to his teenage son the same sense of joy and contentment he has found in the game, and to recall the many colorful and lifelong friends he has met on the links.

This wise memoir about finding new meaning through an old sport is filled with anecdotes about the history of the game and of Pinehurst, the home of American golf, where many larger-than-life legends played some of their greatest rounds. Dodson's bestselling memoir Final Rounds began in Pinehurst twenty-five years ago, and now A Son of the Game completes the circle as it follows his journey of discovery back to where his love of the game began—a love that he hopes to make a family legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dodson’s lack of pretense and his wealth of conviviality give readers a sense of investment in the man and his modest work, which is long on sentiment but not extravagantly so. A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained." –Kirkus

“Draws on the deep, near archetypal feelings that dedicated golfers have for the game, its history, and their own connections to the fathers and mentors who first put clubs in their hands."—Booklist

“Painted in a glossy, buttery hue of such vintage nostalgia that it’s all the reader can do by the end to not immediately light out for the central North Carolina hill country.”—Publishers Weekly

Golf Today
"Dodson’s lack of pretense and his wealth of conviviality give readers a sense of investment in the man and his modest work, which is long on sentiment but not extravagantly so. A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained." –Kirkus

The Raleigh News and Observer
"What do you get when you combine an engaging rites of passage story together with interesting golf history as relayed by a skilled storyteller? The answer would be A Son of the Game by James Dodson . . . A great gift for the golfing father or son." —Golf Today
BookPage
"In his warm, personal new book, A Son of the Game, James Dodson brings together the charm of both the game and the place in a story that you need not be a golfer to appreciate . . . Dodson's gift is in feeling and sharing the attachment to a game that is as bewitching as it is maddening . . . [His] book is time well spent. It captures the spirit of a game and a place that has captured so many of us." —The Raleigh News and Observer
Booklist
“Draws on the deep, near archetypal feelings that dedicated golfers have for the game, its history, and their own connections to the fathers and mentors who first put clubs in their hands."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565129788
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
607,714
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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“My good friend Jim Dodson seems to come up with one good book after another. But he produces something particularly powerful, something extra when he writes about his own life experiences, as in his first book, the highly acclaimed Final Rounds, and his latest, A Son of the Game. He is now the father, passing on to his son, Jack, the love and contentment he has rediscovered in golf and family. Once again, Jim touches the heartstrings.” — Arnold Palmer

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