Climbing Lessons

Climbing Lessons

“Climbing Lessons is quiet, wise, and true.” –Joe Wilkins, author of Fall Back Down When I Die and The Mountain and the Fathers

"Climbing Lessons stays close to home, with the unflinching discoveries that come from birth, marriage, fatherhood and death, all told with Bascom’s great powers of honesty, humor, and deep sincerity.” –Thomas Fox Averill, Emeritus Creative Writing Professor at Washburn University, O. Henry Award winner, and author of the novel Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr

When Doc Bascom tries to show his grade school sons how to climb a huge sycamore, he ends up dropping 12 feet flat-out on his back. Stunned, he finally gasps, “So that’s how it’s done.” And in that moment, he becomes an emblem for all fathers—trying to lead the way, failing, then getting up and trying again.

This “climbing lesson” is just one of 40 playful, sometimes poignant stories by award-winning author Tim Bascom, who illustrates the special bond between fathers and sons—and how that relationship must change with time. When Tim takes his own turn at fathering, he realizes that his devoted toddlers are turning into unimpressed teenagers. No longer the hero he had hoped to be, he must accept a new, flawed version of himself, not unlike his father before him.

These brief inter-linked stories show that abiding affection can still prevail, bringing fathers and sons closer, even as they tackle the steepest parts of the climb.

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Climbing Lessons stays close to home, with the unflinching discoveries that come from birth, marriage, fatherhood and death, all told with Bascom’s great powers of honesty, humor, and deep sincerity.” –Thomas Fox Averill, Emeritus Creative Writing Professor at Washburn University, O. Henry Award winner, and author of the novel Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr

Award-winning author Tim Bascom illustrates the special bond between fathers and sons and how that relationship must change with time. Forty brief inter-linked stories show that abiding affection can prevail to bring fathers and sons together.

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Genre: Biographies and Memoirs
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
Publication Year: 2020
ASIN: B08297RZW9
ISBN: 9781611533446
List Price: 15.99
eBook Price: 7.99
Endorsements
“Climbing Lessons is quiet, wise, and true.”
– Joe Wilkins, author of Fall Back Down When I Die and The Mountain and the Fathers
"Anyone can tell family stories, but few can tell them with such warm-hearted and arresting details.… These stories will warm every reader’s heart and will set their memory fires burning. Bascom is an amazing writer.”
– Jim Heynen, author of the story collections The One-Room Schoolhouse and Ordinary Sins
"Tim Bascom succeeds in creating something both intensely personal and irresistibly universal. These are his stories and our stories, celebrating the rewards of parenting done right while confronting the trials that come with learning to reach that summit."
– Tom LaMarr, author of Geezer Dad
“These poignant stories reveal the universal ways in which parents and parenting can lead us to feel, at once, grateful and disheartened, elated and vulnerable—surprised by joy and by grief. A remarkable achievement!”
– –John T. Price, author of Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father
"Climbing Lessons stays close to home, with the unflinching discoveries that come from birth, marriage, fatherhood and death, all told with Bascom’s great powers of honesty, humor, and deep sincerity.”
– Thomas Fox Averill, Emeritus Creative Writing Professor at Washburn University, O. Henry Award winner, and author of the novel Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr
About the Author
Tim Bascom

Tim Bascom is the father of two sons, with whom he loves to play soccer and debate "best movies." His upcoming book, Climbing Lessons (coming 2020), is a collection of interlinked nonfiction stories exploring the bond that exists between boys and dads. He draws on the years he lived in Midwestern America. He comes from a long line of male offspring, with three paternal uncles and two brothers.

Tim is also the author of a novel, a collection of essays, and two memoirs: Chameleon Days (winner of the Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction) and Running to the Fire (Finalist for IndieFab Memoir of the Year). The two memoirs chronicle years he spent in Ethiopia as the son of missionaries, during the reign of Emperor Selassie and during the Marxist Revolution that overthrew the emperor. In addition, Bascom’s essays have been published in major anthologies such as Best Creative Nonfiction and Best American Travel Writing.

Tim is a graduate of Wheaton College, University of Kansas, and holds an MFA in Non-Fiction Creative Wriing from the Univeristy of Iowa. Visit Tim online at https://timbascom.com/.

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