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Driving Lessons: 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 relati

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Published May 10th 2011 by Rodale
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Sally
Nov 23, 2011 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm conflicted about this book. First of all, it read more like a private journal than a memoir. Second, while from page one, Friendman is complaining about his father, it really seems that he dislikes himself immensly and he projects those feelings as if they are coming from his dad.

It's suppose to read as a healing, reconnection, but to me, it read as a self-absorbed middle aged man who refused to get his act together, but wanted his dad to proud of him anyway...for literally doing nothing. W
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Tim Penenburgh
Sep 20, 2011 Tim Penenburgh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echos of my father. "Driving Lessons" is a great book about a father and his son becoming close of the true gentleman's game. Though it was not exactly the story of me and my father, many times i found my self hearing the words written in my fathers voice. I still remember those time on the range or on the course, learning life lessons through simple tips for my swing or my game. my father and I grew close on the links and i will never forget the look on his face when i told him i had made the v ...more
Jennifer
Aug 01, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short, but sweet, Driving Lessons is not really about golf. The story is about the relationship between a father and son, one that has not be very good. Told from the son's perspective, I think that all Father's should read this to learn from another's mistake. All sons should read this to try and better understand the lessons distance and memory can give.
Martin Grayson
Aug 06, 2011 Martin Grayson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad - never managed to connect. Some lessons learned but there was always an obstruction across the road of communication with neither realizing that after it is only after communication is impossible that the missed opportunity is regretted.
Pete Menzies
I went to school with Steve. Great to catch up with him
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I'm a New York City-based journalist and the author of five nonfiction books: The Gentleman's Guide to Life, Loose Balls (with Jayson Williams), The Agony of Victory, Driving Lessons, and most recently, Lost on Treasure Island.

A regular contributor to Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Backpacker, I've also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, New York, and Outside. My sto
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