Truckin' with Sam: A Father and Son, The Mick and The Dyl, Rockin' and Rollin', On the Road


A father and son travel across North America in a pick-up truck--talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding.
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Truckin' with Sam: A Father and Son, The Mick and The Dyl, Rockin' and Rollin', On the Road

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A father and son travel across North America in a pick-up truck--talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding.
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Pagan Kennedy
"This blazingly original memoir has just become my favorite American road story. When Lee Gutkind and his teenage son, Sam, light out for adventure on the highway, what is supposed to be a vision-quest turns into a struggle for the driver's seat. Gutkind writes better than anyone about the heart-breaking and thrilling sacrifices of parenthood. This book is the Fear and Loathing of fatherhood-by turns hilarious, twisted, and poignant."--(Pagan Kennedy, author of The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution and Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438432595
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Gutkind is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University; founding editor of the journal Creative Nonfiction; and the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Almost Human: Making Robots Think; Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather; and The Art of Creative Nonfiction. His son, Sam Gutkind, is now a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Table of Contents

Preface: "What's All This Blood, Dad? I Don't Understand!"

Prologue: Africa July 2009 1


Portal: North Dakota June 2004 5

The Evolution of Truckin' 9

Chasing Madness 13

Trapped at the Border 19

Listening to the Road 22

Wet Run 26

The Jack London of Rock and Roll 31

Hello? 36

Artful Charlie 42

The Dyl 48

Anticipation 51

Tuna Fish Trouble 56

Sam's Dangerous Disease 60

Another Border Crossing 67

Buttering Toast 69

Father Knows Best? 76

The Rope Test 80

The "Make My Day" Syndrome 84

The Red Bike 93

Hakuna Matata: Africa July 2009 97


Laowai: Tibet March 2008 103

Creation Elation 106

Moshe Dann 112

Radio Shack 115

Rose 121

Aunt Hattie 125

Getting Lost and Losing It 133

The Big Picture 139

Antelope Galloping 142

Paul and Barbara 146

Bears on the Brain 151

Winning (and Losing) the Race 154

The Summit 159

Old Men 161

The Gb)sdel Connection 165

Afterword by Sam Gutkind 173

Uhuru: Africa July 2009 180

Truckin': A Final Word 183

Acknowledgments Lee Gutkind Gutkind, Lee 185

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