CANCELLED: Neal Thompson presents Kickflip Boys

What makes a good father, and what makes one a failure? Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and trouble? Kickflip Boys is the story of a father's struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his role as a vulnerable "skate dad," and to confront his fears that the boys are destined for an unconventional and potentially fraught future.

With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons' progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, having run-ins with security guards, skipping classes and defying teachers, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his upbringing in rural New Jersey, and his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance.

A story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for adolescent boys who don't fit in. Ultimately, it's the survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.

Neal Thompson is the author of four critically acclaimed books, including A Curious Man: The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley and Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR. Thompson's writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside, Men's Health, and other publications. He lives in Seattle with his family.

Neal Thompson will be joined in conversation by David Shields. 

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Event date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062394347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - May 15th, 2018