Still shopping for Dad? Read our Father’s Day book gift picks
Still hunting for a great Father’s Day gift? Look no further than this list of books. Whether he is a fly-fishing fan or wants to hunker down in a transatlantic adventure, here are our picks for pop.
For a transnational adventure
“TransAtlantic,” a new novel from National Book Award winner Colum McCann, weaves a story detailing three different crossings of the Atlantic in dynamic time periods, from an Irish famine to a modern-day presidential visit from Barack Obama. The novel moves through 150 years and two continents, starring historical figures including Obama and Frederick Douglass alongside characters like aviators attempting the first nonstop flight.
For golf laughs, and maybe a few tears
The new memoir “Loopers: A Caddy’s Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey” tracks decades of caddy adventures. John Dunn says this wasn’t the long-term goal he envisioned, but he ended up appearing at golf courses across the country, hitchhiking to get to some of the fanciest greens in the nation. He tells tales of assisting regular golfers to movie stars — and making as much as $500 a day in tips. And it’s not all laughs – it also touches on problems that plague caddies, like heavy drinking and gambling.
For a father-daughter relationship
In “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century,” Margaret Talbot, a writer for the New Yorker, weaves old Hollywood stories and family legends together from the life of her father, actor Lyle Talbot. As well as following along on his adventures, the book also tracks changes in the entertainment industry.
For fans of fishing
Fishing books might be a classic dad gift, but get him a tailored book toward one specific type of fishing this time with “Why I Fly Fish” by Chris Santella. The author interviewed 25 fishermen, from fly-fishing professionals to celebrities like Henry Winkler, all telling their personal reasons for the pursuit.
For a new take on old history
This new book takes an underwater view of World War II. In “The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan,” James Scott describes a submarine force that destroyed a Japanese merchant fleet, hurting that country’s economy. Tales include an underseas appendectomy with kitchen utensils. Drawing on diaries, letters and interviews with veterans, this is a fresh story for any World War II fan.
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