Sometimes, shopping for your father can be difficult. What, are you going to get him another tie? But books are a gift you can’t give too often, and there’s always new ones to choose from. Here’s a few of our favorite books to give your dad this Father’s Day.
Engineering a Life by Krishan K. Bedi
If your dad is a whole-hearted believer in the American Dream, this book is for him. In this memoir, Krishan Bedi comes as an immigrant to the United States with just $300 and sheer faith. He pulled himself up by the bootstraps, got an education, and with a lot of hard work, achieved his dreams.
Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovée
For the father who moonlights as a history buff, historical fiction is the way to go. Why not try a new twist on Annie Oakley? Between mystery and murder, he’ll be sure to enjoy himself digging for historical inaccuracies.
The Frontman by Ron Bahar
Let’s be honest. Every dad likes to reminisce about his “glory days” once in a while—and for a dad that was old enough to live through the ’80s, or if he just loves ’80s music, then The Frontmanwill sure to delight. In this novel, Ron tries to balance his passion for music with his dream of being a doctor, and his crush on Amy with his parents’ expectations of dating a Jewish girl.
The Opposite of Never by Mary Kathleen Mehuron
If your father has been divorced or widowed and is thinking about getting back out there, this story about finding love later in life is sure to be encouraging. Kenney Simmons and Georgia Best are certain that the best days of their lives are behind them—until they find each other.
Mission Afghanistan by Elie Paul Cohen*
For the thrill-seeking dad, this army memoir reads more like a spy thriller or an adventure story. It also provides a unique perspective in the costs of war, the conflict in Afghanistan, and on the medical challenges presented by the expansion of terrorism—thus also perfect for the politically involved dad.
A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere by Kris Radish
If your dad is a country boy at heart and loves a good western, give him the story of loner Briar Logan, whose husband has been captured by lawless gold miners. Along with a damaged young man and a notorious female horse trainer, she must face whiskey runners, gold thieves, and more to save him.
Potty-Mouthed by Amy Johnsos
For a new or soon-to-be dad in your life, Potty-Mouthedmakes a great gift. This tiny, hilarious book shows parenting in all its glory, featuring actual conversations between the author, her husband, and their children. Children are often without filter and say exactly what’s on their minds.
Quiet the Rage by R. W. Burke
If your dad tends to be a bit of a work-a-holic, perhaps a business book would make a good choice. Quite the Ragehelps the reader manage conflict, get along better with others, and disengage from destructive reactionary patterns.
The Half-Life of Remorse by Grant Jarrett
For the father who has placed a large emphasis on forgiveness, this story of remorse and forgiveness will be sure to resonate. When Sam and Chic meet, they are unaware that their paths have crossed before—Chic’s botch burglary resulted in the deaths of Sam’s wife and son.
The Rules of Half by Jenna Patrick
Sometimes, doing their best is all a child can ask of a father. If your dad isn’t perfect, but is trying his best, this story about reconnection, mental illness, and redefining family will remind him that it’s okay to stumble through this thing we call life, and searching for normality is quite possibly futile.
*Not actually out yet, but available for preorder.