If you’re still stumped in your quest for a Father’s Day gift, don’t forget the page-turning power of an old standby: books.
This season’s new releases include many dad-friendly offerings, from memoirs to trivia manuals.
Opt for one of these selections and your only concern will be escaping the extended dinner conversation it inspires.
Here are some recommendations:
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“Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood” (Michael Lewis)
Summary: It’s one of the newest entries in the emerging “true parent confessional” genre. Expect candid thoughts on what it’s really like to be a dad. Hint: Think Clark Griswold, not Ward Cleaver.
Perfect for: The dad who’s looking for a male equivalent of Ayelet Waldman’s book, “Bad Mother.”
“Obsessed with TV: Test Your Knowledge of Every Channel” (Chronicle Books)
Summary: A pop culture fanatic’s dream, this trivia book contains 2,500 TV-related questions. Topics include retro classics, reality shows and everything in between.
Perfect for: The dad who can name every character featured on “The Simpsons.”
“An Edible History of Humanity” (Tom Standage)
Summary: The author offers an entertaining look at how hunger has shaped and influenced history.
Perfect for: The dad who swears a chili dog is never just a chili dog.
“Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ’Round the World” (Brian Biegel with Peter Fornatale)
Summary: It’s the true story of a man’s two-year quest to find a baseball artifact from 1951.
Perfect for: The dad who still makes you dust your childhood baseball.
“Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street” (Kate Kelly)
Summary: A Wall Street Journal reporter details the demise of what was once one the most resilient firms on Wall Street.
Perfect for: The dad who thinks you balance your checkbook.
“The Nine Lessons: A Novel of Love, Fatherhood and Second Chances” (Kevin Alan Milne)
Summary: A fictional story of August Witte, a protagonist who learns his wife is unexpectedly pregnant. August realizes he knows nothing about fatherhood, since his dad always valued golf over parenting. For guidance, he agrees to meet his father once every month of the pregnancy for a round of golf.
Perfect for: The dad who’s not too embarrassed to have a good cry.
“Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys” (Neil Oliver)
Summary: A collection of true stories centered on bravery and heroism.
Perfect for: The dad who’s convinced he can still save the world.
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