Friday, June 18, 2010

Grand Gifts For Daddy-O!

Father's Day quickly approaches. It's this Sunday, June 20th -- which, come to think of it, is also my brother's birthday, so I'd really better get cracking!

We've got a store full of great possibilities for gifts for Dad this year, and we've put together a table with some specific ideas -- the problem is that the table isn't nearly big enough to hold all of our ideas for great gifts, but it's a start. Here are just a few titles that might appeal to your papa:

  • Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth, James Tabor. A fascinating book just published this week about caving -- basically upside-down mountaineering.
  • The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Nathaniel Philbrick. I'm reading this right now -- it's terrific.
  • The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, David Remnick. Detailed account of our president's historic ascent from the editor of The New Yorker.
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, Timothy Egan. Fascinating account of the largest forest fire in America and how it saved the US Forest Service.
  • Halfway to Heaven: My White-Knuckled -- and Knuckled-Headed -- Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, Mark Obamscik. Author in midlife tackles ambitious adventure of climbing Colorado's famous Fourteeners.
  • Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, Larry Tye. The definitive biography of Satchel Paige, an African-American pitcher in a segregated America.
  • The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, Howard Bryant. Revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon.
  • Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, Michael Lewis. "The good, the bad, and the merely baffling about having kids."
  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, Michael Chabon. These autobiographical essays are a series of reflections, regrets, and reexaminations.
  • A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf and Fatherhood, James Dodson. Acclaimed golf writer returns to Pinehurst, North Carolina, where his father taught him the sport and rediscovers the joy he initially found in the game.
  • Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern. Chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship. Soon to be a TV series starring William Shatner.
  • The Father of all Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam, Tom Bissell. A veteran and his son's journey through Vietnam.
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, David Grann. New Yorker writer ventures to the Amazon to find out what happened to British explorer Percy Fawcett when he disappeared in the Amazon jungle in 1925.
  • Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, Ben MacIntyre. Another fascinating and true WWII espionage story from the author of Agent Zigzag.
Or perhaps you might want to get Dad a novel. Here are a few ideas:

  • The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall -- reading about someone with 4 wives, 28 children and a failing construction business ought to make Dad feel pretty good about his life.
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- The third book in Stieg Larsson's Millenium Triology
  • The Lion, the newest book from Nelson DeMille
  • Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes -- a novel of the Vietnam War 30 years in the making, from an author who grew up in Seaside, Oregon.
  • The Imperfectionists, a novel-in-stories by Tom Rachman about an international English-language newspaper's struggle to stay afloat.
  • Tell-All, Chuck Palahniuk's Hollywood-inflected latest novel.
  • 61 Hours, the latest Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child.
These are just a few ideas. We've got lots more -- gardening books, BBQ books, poetry books, biographies, mysteries, or even a good old Broadway Books Gift Certificate. Dad is sure to be pleased with whatever you pick out for him at Broadway Books.

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