For most people, this weekend may include some “Dad” time. That may be your dad, a mentor, your husband, an adult son … if you’ve got someone in your life that’s played a fatherly role, and your grateful for it, now’s the time to show some love.
My Dad and I began our relationship in a less traditional, more unconventional way, as he joined our family in my teens. I’m not sure when we made the connection with books, but I am glad we did. We share a bond over good reads—he’s one of the guys I know will debrief over a John Irving novel with me. He sends me clippings from the New Yorker of David Sedaris columns or his copy of Richard Russo’s latest paperback. I can talk fiction and non-fiction with him with ease. And I know he’ll understand when instead of a schmoopsy Father’s Day card from the grocery store, he gets the traditional Barnes and Noble e-gift card. Because he gets me. We love books, but we love sharing them with each other more.
Dad (and Mom …), the gift cards are in the email. Get busy picking out a few great reads for vacation. Beach blankets, here we come!
Want a couple of great Father’s Day book suggestions that don’t include Mitch Albom or Tom Clancy? Try:
Shotgun Lovesongs: The best bromance since Frog and Toad. A small town in Wisconsin and a circle of dudes that have known each other their entire lives reconnect at a wedding.
School Board: Idealistic schmoozer teen takes on disillusioned corporate lackey for school board seat. It’s kind of a love story.
A Million Ways to Die in the West: But ONLY if your dad has a fantastic sense of humor and is not easily offended. It could be kinda awkward at the BBQ.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Buddies, beer and broken souls. Not exactly light-hearted, but really well-written.
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