We love our dads and Father’s Day is the perfect reason to shower them with all kinds of fun gifts. So what’s better than a gift that caters to each and every hobby that our dads might have? It’s no secret that books are what give us life here at BookTrib, so it makes perfect sense that we would be gifting our fathers with some awesome new (and a couple older) reads.
In honor of all of the amazing fathers out there, here are the books that we’re giving the most important men in our lives:
The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War, Jeff Shaara (Ballantine Books, June 14, 2016)
My dad loves history books and is an avid collector of wartime memorabilia spanning from the Revolutionary War all the way to the Second World War. The Fateful Lightning is the third book from New York Times bestseller Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Series. He usually goes for coffee table books and/or nonfiction, but I think this is something he would really enjoy and it’s a good way to get him to read outside of his comfort zone. My mom is a civil war buff so I think she’ll definitely steal this book after he’s done with it.
Attempting Normal, Marc Maron (Spiegel & Grau, 2014)
My dad likes things that are funny. He listens to comedian Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast pretty religiously, so for Father’s Day, I’m getting him Attempting Normal. I think he’ll like it not just because he’s a fan of the mustachioed author, but because he likes hearing stories from people who are painfully honest about their mistakes, messy encounters and general weirdness. Maron’s too-real insightful humor is just right for any artsy-fartsy dad with too much time on his hands (just like mine).
Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of “Shoeless Joe” Jackson by Tim Hornbaker (Sports Publishing; June 14, 2016)
We’ve given Dad just about everything by Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough. He’s got most of the Ken Burns documentaries—many on VHS. And he even has history books where he’s cited in the footnotes. So what’s a girl to do on Father’s Day?
Fortunately for me, something special crossed my desk this week: Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of “Shoeless Joe” Jackson. For those not steeped in baseball history, Jackson was considered by Ty Cobb to be “the finest natural hitter in the history of the game” whose career was ended by the infamous “Black Sox” scandal of 1919.
It was difficult to prove Jackson’s participation in throwing the 1919 World Series (he batted .375) but he was thrown out of baseball in disgrace. In Fall from Grace, Hornbaker uncovers Jackson’s point of view about the scandal and shows how a mill boy from South Carolina became one of the greatest who ever played the game.
Dad will love it. I just hope Doris Kearns Goodwin is working on something for Father’s Day 2017.
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape, And The Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard (Random House, 2016)
My dad, Dan Gillick, is the biggest history nerd. He loves to read about how historical figures got so, well, historical. Candice Millard’s biography paints a fascinating picture of Winston Churchill, the most important Brit next to the King, as a young adventurer during the Boer War. My father never lets any obstacle, setback or failure get in the way of him accomplishing his goals, so I think a book about one of most ambitious men of the 20th century would be a perfect Father’s Day pick. Love you, dad.
The Martian by Andy Weir (Broadway Books, 2014)
My dad is the funniest human I have ever met. He’s the sole reason I have a smile on my face every day and know how to crack a few jokes in a bar. He may be known as the “funny guy” but my dad is also extremely resourceful when it comes to troubleshooting any scenario. For example, if you have a piece of gum and a twig, he will turn that into a trap. Knowing that he hasn’t seen The Martian’s book-to-movie adaptation, I want to try and squeeze Andy Weir’s hilarious words into his bear-hands before he sees the movie. I know if Big Bob was put on Mars, he would survive off of potatoes like astronaut Mark Watney (if he had a ribeye he’d pair that with it, too) while occupying himself with witty banter, but hopefully that doesn’t happen any time, ever!