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Books for Dad


How about sending Dad a good book? Even if he doesn't read it, you can! And to help ensure your successful choice, we've pulled a few out below that we think may work for you... and Dad.

1. A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut

© Random House

A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life, art, politics, and the condition of the soul of America today. Based on short essays and speeches composed over five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author throughout, A Man Without a Country gives us Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times hopeless, always searching.

2. Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount, Jr.

© Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

Humorist Roy Blount Jr. collects a compendium of words alphabetically to explore their origins, spellings, pronunciations,and various other aspects in as unique and funny a writer's reference book imaginable.

3. Natural Acts by David Quammen

© W.W. Norton & Co.
David Quammen's nontechnical point-of-view and his sense of humor render science not only palatable but entertaining, making this collection engaging for readers with even a passing interest in the natural world.

4. Point Omega by Don DeLillo

© Simon & Schuster

Don DeLillo's Point Omega is about Richard Elster, a secret defense intellectual who has retreated to solace in the desert southwest. Elster is sought out by a young filmmaker and then by his daughter Jessie. The three proceed to train discussion on points philosophical.

5. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend by Bill Russell, Alan Steinberg

© HarperCollins

Red and Me is the story of Celtic's all-star Bill Russell and his close relationship with the Celtic's legendary coach Red Auerbach. Could there have been two more unlikely friends, a short, abrasive Jew from Brooklyn and a tall, gangly black man from the South? These were two different "tribes," to use Russell's term, which would seem to be on a collision course.

6. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

© William Morrow
Boston, 1918. The Boston police are contemplating an historic strike, and everyone is looking for the “Red Menace” who, it is believed, will encourage unionization and blow up the city.

7. The Thoreau You Don't Know by Robert Sullivan

© HarperCollins
Robert Sullivan smashes our national myth, of Henry David Thoreau as hermit of the woods, the "secular priest of solitude," the technophobic, misanthropic, tree-hugging loner.

8. The Wilderness Warrior by Douglas Brinkley

© HarperCollins

Historian Douglas Brinkley explores the life of "naturalist president," Theodore Roosevelt, who focused his attention on conservation and succeeded in preserving more than 230 million acres of American wilderness.

9. The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
© Viking

Jared Diamond, the author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, delivers a fascinating portrait of primitive societies in The World Until Yesterday based upon research and his own experience living among New Guinea Highlanders. Diamond is an astute thinker draws his readers into considering the modern world in light of the experience of our predecessors.

10. You Are Here by Colin Ellard

© Knopf

You Are Here is a compelling plunge into the realm of orientation or way-finding in which experimental psychologist Colin Ellard questions why modern humans, with our big brains and technological advances, seem to be inept at navigating through our world, especially when compared to our animal brethren.

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