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Best Books for Dad 2013

Father's Day

Best Books for Dad 2013

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the men in our lives who have raised and loved us. Why not show him your appreciation by inspiring him with a great book? We have 9 titles that are perfect gift-giving suggestions for Dad, keeping him busy through the rest of the year.


Our Father's Day contest has ended, and we're pleased to announce the winners, along with their responses to our question, "Name your favorite book that your dad read to you." Five readers will receive all the books we’re featuring, along with a cooler that is touted to keep contents cold for two days, a flashlight, and an iTunes gift card. Congratulations to all!

  • Barbara from Ronkonkoma, NY: THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway
  • David from Crystal, ME: THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Ivy from Hendersonville, NC: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
  • Jack from Ellenton, FL: THE CAT IN THE HAT by Dr. Seuss
  • Kenneth from Elkins, WV: THE STAND by Stephen King
Archipelago by Monique Roffey - Fiction


When a flood destroys Gavin Weald’s home, tearing apart his family and his way of life, he doesn’t know how to continue. A year later, he returns to his rebuilt home and tries to start again, but when the new rainy season arrives, so do his daughter’s nightmares about the torrents, and life there becomes unbearable.

Butch Cassidy: The Lost Years by William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone - Western


What if Butch Cassidy had lived?

America’s master storytellers Wlliam W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone’s fascinating account of the West’s original outlaw, his legendary lost years, and the stunning secret behind the infamous shootout…

Crashed: A Junior Bender Mystery by Timothy Hallinan - Mystery


Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses when he was 14 years old, he’s never once been caught. But now, after 22 years of an exemplary career, Junior has been blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into acting as a private investigator on the set of Trey’s porn movie venture, which someone keeps sabotaging.

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan - Humor


In DAD IS FAT, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). DAD IS FAT is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

The Difference You Make: Changing Your World through the Impact of Your Influence by Pat Williams with Jim Denney - Self-Help


We each have an enormous sphere of influence --- and most of us don’t even realize it. This is a book with a mission --- a mission to show you the impact of your life on those around you.

Fatherhood: And Other Stories by Thomas H. Cook - Anthology


A debut volume of collected short stories from Thomas H. Cook, one of America's most celebrated crime fiction authors. The range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression (Poor People) to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of Sixties revolt (The Sun-Gazer) to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve, "The Lessons of the Season", this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, "no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook."

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper - Fiction


Drew Silver is 44, divorced, and living alone at the Versailles, an apartment complex off the interstate and home mainly to divorced men. His ex-wife is about to marry a respected surgeon. His 18-year-old daughter, headed to Princeton in the fall, is pregnant. And now a heart ailment forces Silver to begin to take life seriously before it prematurely ends.

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary - Memoir


Drew Magary, journalist for GQ and Deadspin, brings his unique voice to a memoir. In SOMEONE COULD GET HURT, he reflects on his own parenting experiences to explore the anxiety, rationalizations, compromises, and overpowering love that come with raising children in contemporary America.

Walking with Jack: A Father's Journey to Become His Son's Caddie by Don J. Snyder - Memoir

Don Snyder and his young son, Jack, made a pact: if one day Jack became good enough to play on the pro golf tour, Don would be his caddie. Years later, Jack was a standout college golfer, and Don moved to St. Andrews, Scotland, to learn from the best caddies in the world. Finally, Don and Jack reunited --- and confronted the challenges of a father-son relationship that had inevitably changed since the days when their journey began.