Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood

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Ecco Press
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Neal Thompson is the author of six nonfiction books, including The First Kennedys, A Curious Man, Driving with the Devil, and the memoir Kickflip Boys. A veteran journalist, he has written for Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, the Washington Post and many others; Neal has appeared on NPR, PBS, the BBC, The Daily Show and more. He lives in Seattle with his family. He publishes the Blood & Whiskey crime writing newsletter on Substack.


"With a dispassionate but tender eye, Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys--and of adolescence itself, observed and remembered." -- Michael Chabon

"An honest account of raising creative, rebellious boys who happen to love skateboarding. Having been through the fire of raising a few free-thinking boys myself, I found Kickflip Boys to be fun, moving, raw, and relatable." -- Tony Hawk

"Excellent. . . . Thompson's remarkably honest account of fatherhood presents a scary, funny, and reflective read all at once." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Kickflip Boys is an amazing chronicle of parenthood, but what makes it so striking, so beautiful, is how well Neal Thompson not only understands the struggles of parenting, but also the strangeness of adolescence. It's empathetic, and funny, and Neal Thompson nails it." -- Kevin Wilson

"Heartfelt. . . . This memoir will provide humor and comfort for parents figuring out their kids." -- Publishers Weekly

"With the emotional authority of the best novels, Thompson's prose sings. I laughed out loud and cried all the way through. The voice is brave, funny and fiercely honest. Ultimately this wonderful book is about love. Because those we care about most will always surprise us." -- Peter Heller

"A provocative and inspiring memoir that delves into the hopes and fears of parents as much as it delves into the hopes and fears of the children they are striving to raise. And, yes, it is about skateboarding. Which is the key--for the resilient Thompson family--to happiness and joy." -- Garth Stein