If your father is anything like the typical Dad, he’s already received a lifetime’s worth of amazing gifts from you, your mom, and your siblings that cover all the basics of his particular interests. Simply put, he has plenty of ties, fishing lures, and desk calendars.
This year, forget the tie and give him something different – a book. There is, of course, an endless supply of books out there, and you know your own father’s particular interests, but here’s a guide to some recently published books that have a certain je ne sais quoi Dad appeal for all kinds of tastes.
1. GIVE AND TAKE: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant
Adam Grant’s theory that today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others is bound to interest any business-minded Dad.
2. THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume IV by Robert A. Caro
Caro’s CV (two-time Pulitzer winner, National Book Critics Circle Award winner, etc.) is bound to impress your Dad, especially if he’s into really detailed biographies about politicians. This fascinating and meticulous account of Lyndon Johnson’s life will bring out the history buff in any father.
3. For the literary fiction loving fathers, we recommend these novels (and a memoir!) that have recently been published:
ALL THAT IS by James Salter
THE TENTH OF DECEMBER by George Saunders
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini
BIG BROTHER by Lionel Shriver
SAUL BELLOW’S HEART by Gregory Bellow, Saul Bellow’s son, is the ultimate book for a father who loves to read literary fiction. It’s a heartfelt and honest look at what it was like to grow up with a literary scion for a father.
4. A DELICATE TRUTH by Jon LeCarré is filled with mystery and intrigue—this gripping spy thriller will have your dad up until the wee hours of the morning.
5. THE PROPHETS OF SMOKED MEAT by Daniel Vaughn. Everyone knows that Dads love to barbecue, and this book is the perfect gift for the BBQ snob in your family. With Father’s Day right on the edge of summer, help your dad become the master of the grill just in time for those family summer cookouts. We consider this book a win-win.
6. For science-loving Dads, you could go one of two ways: mathematical or natural. For the calculating father, we’d suggest Nate Silver’s THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE, and Mary Roach’s bestselling GULP would appeal to your Dad if he’s interested in hearing about the alimentary canal from “America’s funniest science writer.”
And there you have it! Take it from us: return that tie and head to the bookstore for Father’s Day this year.