Last-minute Father's Day book picks
Don’t fret! You have two days left before June 15 and these ten suggestions to help you grab a must-read for Pops.
Fri Jun 13 2014
The time has come to celebrate our fathers—to celebrate their devotion, their interests and those little quirks that make them Dad. And if you’ve been a little too busy in these early summer days and are still looking for the perfect gift, here are our picks for last-minute books to show your dad just how well you know him.
A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman (HarperCollins, $25.99)
For the dad who grew up in Brooklyn: the story of a journalist tasked with forging Holocaust-restitution claims for Brooklyn’s Russian Jews.
Buy A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman on Amazon
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf Press, $15)
For the sensitive dad: essays examining an array of pains, from personal loss to devastating illness, and our culture’s need to feel.
Buy The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison on Amazon
Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon, $24.99)
For the military-minded dad: keenly funny observations of daily life onboard an aircraft carrier, revealing dedication and discipline from the flight deck to the kitchens.
Buy Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer on Amazon
Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood (Penguin, $20)
For the always-in-the-know dad: the new poetry collection from the first and only poet ever to have a poem go viral on the Net.
Buy Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood on Amazon
The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett (FSG Originals, $16)
For the McSweeney’s-reading dad: a collaborative novel from the McSweeney’s publisher and two established authors, in which society speculates about its most recent epidemic: babies born without the ability to comprehend language.
Buy The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett on Amazon
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (Touchstone, $25.99)
For the dad who may be having a midlife crisis but has a sense of humor about it: the wit and heartbreak of a British artist in Paris who’s just been dumped by his mistress and is determined to win back his wife’s affections.
Buy I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum on Amazon
Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara (City Lights, $18.95)
For the dad who likes (whiskey) cokes: over 200 previously unpublished poems from one of the most memorable and quotable poets of the 20th century.
Buy Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara on Amazon
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (Plume, $16)
For the dad who usually just sees the movie: a dysfunctional family dramedy about siblings reuniting to mourn their father (the film comes out in September).
Buy This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper on Amazon
I’m Gone by Jean Echenoz (The New Press, $16.95)
For the international dad who may also be a criminal mastermind: the capers of an art dealer who abandons his wife and career to pursue a life of heist, from the Prix Goncourt–winning author.
Buy I’m Gone by Jean Echenoz on Amazon
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (Knopf, $25.95)
For the (wanna-be) writer dad: the wistful-for-another-era memoir of a former assistant who worked for Salinger’s agent and, yes, actually spoke to the mysterious author.
Buy My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff on Amazon
- Bill Hader interview: ‘They want me to give them the hottest club, and I never have’
- Michael Cera interview
- The best food trucks in NYC
- Last-minute summer bucket list
- Check out the Boobie Trap
- Where to find the coolest classes in NYC
- The best poutine dishes in NYC
- The 45 people you will definitely meet on Tinder in New York
- The best wearable technology
- Tavi Gevinson and Kieran Culkin talk ’80s New York