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There’s a lot going on in the world right now, so don’t forget to celebrate the dads in your life on June 21. Obviously you’re celebrating them all the time, but give a little extra something on that particular day. In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve selected some reads that explore the art of fatherhood.
THIS MONTH’S GREAT READS
POPS: FATHERHOOD IN PIECES
BY MICHAEL CHABON
At times wryly humorous and a little melancholy, Chabon pens wonderfully heartfelt essays of his dadhood journey. Chabon’s collection also gives peaks into his own childhood and his sometimes tense relationship with his father. A father of four, Chabon hopes his retrospective and gentler attitude will result in fond memories for his family.
THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN HEARTED
BY ROBERT HILLMAN
Life hasn’t been easy for Tom Hope. His wife, Trudy, abandoned him only to reappear later, pregnant by another man. Still, he treats her son Peter as his own. Tom is crushed when Trudy leaves again but returns to reclaim Peter. When Tom meets Hannah, a holocaust survivor with her own wounds, the two begin to work toward healing, made more challenging when Peter returns.
Is there anything better (and more cringe-worthy) than a good dad joke? If you’re running out of new joke material to share with your family this Father’s Day, then Jimmy Niro’s new collection is the book for you. These fun-for-the-whole-family jokes make every family gathering even funnier and funnier!
DADITUDE: THE JOYS & ABSURDITIES OF MODERN FATHERHOOD
BY CHRIS ERSKINE
Acclaimed columnist and humorist Chris Erskine has written many articles on fatherhood. Now, for the first time, he has collected his favorite fatherhood writings to share with both expectant fathers and those already acclimated to the experience. Full of laughs and heartfelt musings, Daditude is a terrific read for fathers old and new!
TO ME, HE WAS JUST DAD: STORIES OF GROWING UP WITH FAMOUS FATHERS
BY JOSHUA DAVID STEIN
The editor-at-large of the website, Fatherly.com, compiles a first count account of fathers in the spotlight. These famous fathers including John Wayne, John Lennon, Christopher Reeve, and many more have impacted the lives of millions but at home these men are just dad. This intimate look at the lives of these famous fathers shine a light on different views of what it means to be a father.
DAD’S MAYBE BOOK
BY TIM O’BRIEN
Bestselling author, Tim O’Brien, became a father at an older age in 2003. From the start of his journey, he sought to give his children what he wished his father had given him. Throughout his children’s lives, he began to write letters to them as if they were already adults sharing memories, advice, and personal experiences. In this book, he shares this wisdom leading to a funny and tender look at fatherhood.