By Lee Gutkind,Sam Gutkind
After years of considering he’d by no means have young children, Lee Gutkind grew to become a father at forty-seven and, following his divorce, quickly stumbled on himself taking on an increasing number of of the first care tasks for his son, Sam. As considered one of more and more “old new dads” (recent reports have proven that one in ten youngsters are born to fathers over forty), Gutkind discovered that he confronted challenges—both psychological and physical—not confronted by means of more youthful dads, now not the least of which was once find out how to bond with a son who used to be loads more youthful than himself. For the prior 5 years, Gutkind’s method of this problem has been to spend a number of weeks of each summer time “truckin’” with Sam, a time period they outline as a metaphor for spontaneity, an absence of restrict: “Truckin’ permits you to what you must do occasionally; you don’t continually have to do what’s expected.”
What started as lengthy, cross-country trips in a pick-up truck, together with one memorable journey up the Alaska-Canadian street en path to a writer’s convention in Homer, Alaska, have in additional contemporary years ranged farther afield, to Europe, Australia, and Tibet. even if hearing rock and roll song, unique themselves with their mystery jokes and code phrases, fishing for halibut, or combating over tuna fish sandwiches and the way top to butter one’s toast, Lee and Sam have discovered to recognize each other. within the means of their travels and their adventures, Lee has additionally come to grips with the drawback of heart age and the embarassment of “senior moments,” whereas Sam has unavoidably started to claim himself and form his personal lifestyles. Interspersed with Sam’s personal observations and magazine entries, Truckin’ with Sam is a good, relocating, and infrequently hilarious account of 1 father’s choice to bond along with his son, a spontaneous travelogue that would entice previous dads, new dads, and ladies who need to know extra approximately how dads (and sons) imagine and behave.
“…Gutkind introduced a practice of hopping in his truck along with his son and starting up, vacation spot unknown. He stocks the robust connection the 2 cast via those trips … even supposing the booklet is extra a memoir than parenting advisor, Gutkind celebrates creativity as mom and dad search to hook up with their children.” — ForeWord Reviews
Lee Gutkind is exclusive author in place of dwelling on the Consortium for technological know-how, coverage, and results and Professor within the Hugh Downs institution of Human conversation at Arizona kingdom college; founding editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction; and the writer or editor of over a dozen books, together with Almost Human: Making Robots Think; Forever fats: Essays through the Godfather; and The artwork of inventive Nonfiction. His son, Sam Gutkind, is now a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University.