A Son of the Game
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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A SON OF THE GAME: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life's LessonsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Dodson (Beautiful Madness: One Man's Journey Through Other People's Gardens, 2006, etc.) downsizes his working relationship to golf and upgrades the quality of his life when he returns to his North ... Read full review
PROLOGUE The Last Amateur
CHAPTER ONE Pants That Just Say Pinehurst
CHAPTER TWO Sacred Ground
CHAPTER THREE Open Hooky
CHAPTER FOUR Idle Knights Adventure and Philosophy Club
CHAPTER FIVE An Ideal Sport
CHAPTER SIX Sons of the Game
CHAPTER SEVEN Where the Heart Wants to Be
CHAPTER EIGHT Go Do Good
CHAPTER NINE The Fairway Home
CHAPTER TEN The Vegas of the East
CHAPTER ELEVEN Playing Till Dark
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