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Fatherly Advice: 9 Books for Dad on Father's Day

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9 Books for Dad on Father's Day Read it Now on the BlogWhere would you be without dear ol' dad? Stranded on the side of the road, no idea how to use a power drill, and clueless on how to grill a rib eye? Say thank you – and “I love you, even though you read weird historical memoirs” – with these books for dad.


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Largely a short story writer and essayist, Saunders goes long with his first novel, an uproarious tearjerker about the passing of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for the Future by Ashlee Vance
Ashlee Vance, a Silicon Valley and tech industry historian, profiles the closest thing we have to a modern-day Einstein, Elon Musk, the CEO-inventor behind dad’s bucket list car, the Tesla, and future space program hopeful, SpaceX.

Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Perfect for the dad who works in computer science or nerds out over the latest AI developments, this book digs into what computer algorithms can teach us about human behavior. Real-life applications include pizza topping decisions and quick-pick lottery tickets.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Does dad love his rock ‘n’ roll and (advanced apologies) talkin’ about his glory days? Well, then he’ll love this memoir penned by the Boss himself. From his Beatles-obsessed childhood and early club days to grappling with depression and plenty of star-struck party moments, Springsteen is thoughtful, engaging, candid, funny, and full of all caps and exclamation points. Just like dad.

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer
Your favorite website is now pop’s favorite recondite tome. Part historical dig, part travel book, this inspirational compendium of roadside attraction arcana and natural wonders will give dad infinite “did you know…” tidbits for all your future holiday meals. Purchase at mom’s peril.

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Are “Natchez Burning” and “The Bone Tree” sitting on dad’s shelves? Then he’s going to need the final entry in the Penn Cage trilogy STAT. If they aren’t there, then it looks like you’re getting dad all three titles in this epic Southern-steeped mystery trifecta.

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
Recovering from a near-fatal car accident, lead character Archie Ferguson feels he’s been dealt a bad hand and that the grass must be greener. Be careful what you wish for, says author Paul Auster, as he lays out other possible paths in this ambitious four-way telling of Ferguson’s alternate realities and converging destinies.

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
If Harari’s “Sapiens” is the what was, then “Home Deus” is the what will be. And it ain’t pretty. A foreboding look at the influence of technology and artificial intelligence on evolution and, he suggests, man-made decline of, well, man.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Set against the backdrop of government greed and abuse of power in the Native American heartland, “Flower Moon” follows the investigation of the Osage tribe murders and how J. Edgar Hoover shaped the FBI as we know it.



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