Truckin' With Sam

Un libro in lingua di Lee Gutkind Gutkind Sam (CON) edito da State Univ of New York Pr, 2010

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"In this funny and moving tale about the long strange trip that is fatherhood, Gutkind offers readers a precious truthùthat it is only through the eyes of our children that we see ourselves clearly."ùAriel Sabar, author of My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

"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 heartbreaking and thrilling sacrifices of parenthood. This book is the Fear and Loathing of fatherhoodùby turns hilarious, twisted, and poignant."ù 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

"Truckin' with Sam is a multilevel traveling tale that takes you around the globe in more ways than one. Lee Gutkind has written a superb account of the father-son bond as it evolves in the heat and heart of their many adventures."ù Lauren Slater, author of Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir

0After 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 challengesùboth mental and physicalùnot 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 seven years, Gutkind's approach to this challenge has been to spend one to two months of every summer "truckin"' with Sam, a term they define as a metaphor for spontaneity, a lack of restriction: "Truckin' means that you can do 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 pickup truck, including one memorable trip up the Alaska-Canadian Highway en route to a writers conference in Homer, Alaska, have in more recent years ranged farther afield, to Europe, Australia, Tibet, and Africa. 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 embarrassment 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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