A Son of the Game

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Algonquin Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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Having reached the crossroads in life commonly known as the midlife crisis, Jim Dodson sets out from his home in Maine for the Sandhills of North Carolina, home to some of America's most celebrated golf courses and the place where his father introduced him to the joys of that game. It's a trip that holds special meaning. In recent years, Jim lost both his father and mother and left a longtime job with a major golfing magazine. Somewhere along the way he also lost the delight in the game that he'd always taken for granted.
With the hope of regaining the fire that had motivated him, and of drawing inspiration from the touchstones of his youth, Jim takes a job as writer in residence with a paper in Southern Pines, expecting that in time his family will join him. He especially wants his teenage son, Jack, to experience the thrill he found in playing golf in that storied locale with his own father. A masterful raconteur, Dodson weaves the history of golf in the Sandhills into his own story. He finds new meaning through an old, time-honored sport and reaches out to his son to find, in the game, a mutual language.
Written with great wit and tenderness and filled with remarkable anecdotes about the game and its players - like Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Payne Stewart, Sam Snead, and Tiger Woods - A Son of the Game is a classic story about a man's quest to recover his lost passion, and to share that passion with his son.

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About the author (2009)

James Dodson's bestselling Final Rounds was named the Golf Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf in 1996. He is the author of six other books, including the acclaimed biography Ben Hogan: An American Life. He lives with his family in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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