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.

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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.

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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



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