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Driving Lessons: A Father, A Son, and the Healing Power of Golf Hardcover – May 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605291253
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“For generations, fathers and sons have trudged emerald fairways together in a lacerating enterprise called golf. Steve Friedman does a marvelous job writing about one such improbable outing, in which nine holes of spirited hacking bridged an aching gap between him and his dad. Driving Lessons is a good read about a good walk, unspoiled.”  --Carl Hiaasen, author of The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport
 
"Steve Friedman may not be much of a golfer, but he's one heck of a writer. Rarely have the joys and sorrows of the father-son-putter dynamic been so keenly observed." --Mark Adams, author of Mr. America

About the Author

STEVE FRIEDMAN's stories have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The Best of Outside, The Bastard on the Couch, Modern Love, The Best American Travel Writing and, six times, The Best American Sports Writing. He is the author of The Gentleman's Guide to Life and co-author of The New York Times Best Seller, Loose Balls. A St. Louis native and graduate of Stanford University, Friedman lives in New York City, where he is Writer at Large for the Rodale Sports Group. He also teaches at Mediabistro.com.

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Steve Friedman is the author of five books, including Driving Lessons, Lost on Treasure Island and The Agony of Victory and the co-author of two books. Eat & Run (with Scott Jurek), will be released June 5, 2012. Friedman has written for Esquire, GQ, Outside, The New York Times, Backpacker, Runner's World and other titles and his stories have been widely anthologized. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Stanford University. He lives in New York City. Visit Stevefriedman.net.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2011
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Facing fifty and feeling adrift, Steve Friedman needed to reconnect with his father, which he did through the one skill his dad taught but he never learned: golf. Several days of lessons under his father's gentle but judgmental eye took Friedman down a highly conflicted Memory Lane. Years of subtle conflict arose because father and son spoke different languages. But, he realizes, perhaps they were more alike than he'd supposed.

On one hand, I like Friedman's tone of recollection. I can see myself and my father in a similar light (though, with my dad, we'd be doing home repair, not golfing). Friedman's eye for detail crystalizes his experience so directly that anyone who has ever struggled to see eye to eye with a father can share his depth of feeling. This isn't just Friedman's story; it's yours and mine, too.

On the other hand, after you remove the front matter, back matter, and nearly-blank placeholder pages, this book runs only 71 pages. That's 71 wide-spaced five-by-seven pages, with generous white space. Friedman hasn't written a book, he's written a long magazine article. On Golf Digest's large, narrowly spaced pages, this might run twenty-five pages. And for that he charges $15 MSRP? Holy moley, Steve, I work for a living.

I'm glad Friedman reconnected with his father and learned some important lessons. He tells his story well. But for this price, I expect him to do more than the minimum. He'd probably enjoy a larger audience in a golf magazine, or a magazine for grown children and their families, especially at these prices. Let me share one lesson from my own dad: "There's a time and place for everything."
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A very good and touching book. The author/son has complex feelings, including resentment, towards his Father, even as the son understands that his Father is trying to give him the tools and experiences to be happier. A great example of how Fathers can't help acting like Fathers and sons like sons, even when aware that they are stuck in old patterns.
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This was a good, quick read (maybe an hour) about the relationship between a father (who loves golf) and his son (who does not). There are no big "aha" moments. This is just a sweet little story about a father and son reaching out to one another. Nicely told.
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