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

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After years of thinking he'd never have kids, Lee Gutkind became a father at forty-seven and, following his divorce, soon found himself taking over more and more of the primary care responsibilities for his son, Sam. As one of a growing number of "old new dads" (recent studies have shown that one in ten children are born to fathers over forty), Gutkind realized that he faced challenges-both mental and physical-not faced by younger dads, not the least of which was how to bond with a son who was so much younger ...
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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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Overview

After years of thinking he'd never have kids, Lee Gutkind became a father at forty-seven and, following his divorce, soon found himself taking over more and more of the primary care responsibilities for his son, Sam. As one of a growing number of "old new dads" (recent studies have shown that one in ten children are born to fathers over forty), Gutkind realized that he faced challenges-both mental and physical-not faced by younger dads, not the least of which was how to bond with a son who was so much younger than himself. For the past five years, Gutkind's approach to this challenge has been to spend several weeks of every summer "truckin'" with Sam, a term they define as a metaphor for spontaneity, a lack of restriction: "Truckin' means that you can what you want to do sometimes; you don't always need to do what's expected."

What began as long, cross-country journeys in a pick-up truck, including one memorable trip up the Alaska-Canadian Highway en route to a writer's conference in Homer, Alaska, have in more recent years ranged farther afield, to Europe, Australia, and Tibet. Whether listening to rock and roll music, entertaining themselves with their secret jokes and code words, fishing for halibut, or fighting over tuna fish sandwiches and how best to butter one's toast, Lee and Sam have learned to respect one another. In the process of their travels and their adventures, Lee has also come to grips with the downside of middle age and the embarassment of "senior moments," while Sam has inevitably begun to assert himself and shape his own life. Interspersed with Sam's own observations and journal entries, Truckin' with Sam is an honest, moving, and often hilarious account of one father's determination to bond with his son, a spontaneous travelogue that will appeal to old dads, new dads, and women who want to know more about how dads (and sons) think and behave.
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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: 9781438432618
  • Publisher: State University
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 515 KB

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

PART I. THE OPEN ROAD

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

PART II. RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES

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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