Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June, but it still seems to sneak up on us. This year it's this coming Sunday, June 19. That means there's time to visit your local bookstore to find the perfect book for the father or grandfather in your life.
For the man who's looking for history and a
thriller with literary heft, Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets would be a perfect match. It embeds the reader into 1945 Jerusalem where Jewish transplants fight the British Mandate in hopes of creating an independent Israel. Brand, a Latvian camp survivor, wants to do what's just, yet moral ambiguities abound. As a taxi driver, he observes changes throughout the disputed lands as he tries to forget the past. This spare account will keep Dad up all night. G/SN/T, BC
I recommended Ron Fournier's Love that Boy for Mother's Day, but it's even more appropriate as a Father's Day gift. It's a book about what it means to be a father and to love unconditionally. Every father and grandfather should read it. The full review is here:http://hungryforgoodbooks.blogspot.com/2016/04/love-that-boy-by-ron-fournier.html GPR/SF/SN, BC
Sebastian Junger's Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging is a book
that thinking dads will want to read and discuss. It's a short treatise that makes the reader consider why the lack of closeness in modern society makes it more difficult for combat veterans to reenter life when they come home from war. It examines how loyalty, belonging, and searching for meaning can make war seem preferable to peace. Junger's thoughts on living in a society that doesn't offer chances to act selflessly and that is deeply divided make this a book to read and discuss this summer. It's written with the same journalistic integrity displayed in The Perfect Storm. G/SN/T, BC