The Kite Runner
For the dad who always reads the international section of the newspaper: When Amir, the wealthy son of a merchant, flees Afghanistan in the chaos of the Soviet Invasion, he is wracked with guilt over leaving behind Hassan, his friend and servant. Decades later, in the present-day, Amir returns to his homeland to rescue Hassan’s son amid the rise of the Taliban.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
For the dad who’s always emailing you Jimmy Fallon’s YouTube videos: This laugh-out loud memoir of a baby-boomer begins with the proclamation, “I come from Des Moines. Someone had to.” As the Thunderbolt Kid, his superhero alter-ego, the author gets into endless mischief. Bryson weaves tales of his childhood with an amusing look at the middle-class, American Dream lifestyle.
For the dad who gave you a copy of Lean In: He should read it too! The COO of Facebook examines why men still hold the majority of leadershp positions in most fields. An illuminating look at how our implicit biases can impact those around us, Sandberg suggests equitable divisions of household labor between couples, and gives advice on how women can be better advocates for themselves.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
For the dad who you already gave THE MARTIAN to and he loved it: When Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent escapes and travels the universe with an unusual guidebook (the namesake of the novel) and a colorful cast of alien characters. Witty and ironic, this sci-fi book is a classic.
Better Than Before
For the introspective dad (or, the dad who has an annoying yet lovable habit you’d love for him to finally shake): Rubin examines how habits are formed—and broken. With suggestions for a variety of personality types and traits, and full of inspirational anecdotes, this book is an inspiring call to live a more productive and fulfilling life.
A Visit from the Goon Squad
For the dad who is always sending you tracks on Spotify: Thirteen interlocking stories explore the music industry, from the heydey of San Francisco’s punk scene in the 1980s, to an evolving New York City. Featuring a shifting chronological timeline, including a chapter set in the future and composed entirely of a powerpoint presentation. Characters are loosely linked in unexpected ways.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
For the dad who who’s read every mystery book and is looking for something outside-the-box: This much-loved novel has an unusual narrator. A teenager with Aspbergers Syndrome, brilliant but with a very different way of seeing the world, tries to solve a local murder mystery. Unexpected consequences arise in his relationship with his father.
About a Boy
For the dad who’s always joking around about his younger days: A single thirty-something playboy in London has found the perfect way to meet women: infiltrating single-parent support groups, with a fictional two-year-old son as a cover story. He then unexpectedly befriends the son of one of his potential conquests. Full of wry, British humor.
Father’s Day is just around the corner. As readers, we love giving books as gifts. Especially when we have the opportunity to pass along great reads to our parents, many of whom led us to follow in their footsteps of living a life filled with books. For this collection, we pulled together books for many different kinds of dads. Because no two dads are alike.
Bookshelf curated by Eleanora Buckbee
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