Driving Lessons by Steve Friedman
A Father, A Son, and the Healing Power of Golf

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When Steve Friedman was a child growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, the game of golf was, to him, mysterious and dark. His father’s passion for it caused friction in his marriage and eluded the interest of his youngest son, who was devoted instead to basketball. For that and many other reasons, the two failed to bond, ultimately leading to an awkward and unhappy relationship.

But Friedman never forgot the love his father had for golf, and after many years, when he was in his forties, he reached out and asked his dad to teach him the game. He thought that perhaps he could learn something about his old man’s view of life and thereby find a way to communicate with him.

This small volume is the sweet yet unsentimental story of that experience—the tale of two men using the game of golf to find a way to connect with each other across decades of disagreement and misunderstanding. For anyone who is a golfer, a father, or a son, this book will be a treasure.
 

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Steve Friedman is a writer living in New York City. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Details, and Mirabella among other publications. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Rodale. 130 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Friedman (The Agony of Victory: When Winning Isn't Enough, 2007, etc.) ventures into new territory in his latest book, investigating his relationship with his father through a series of vignettes about their shared love of golf.

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He thought that perhaps he could
learn something about his old man’s view of life and thereby find a way to communicate with him.
This small volume is the sweet yet unsentimental story of that experience—the tale of two men using
the game of golf to find a way to connect with ...

Jun 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Driving Lessons: A Father, A ...

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