What To Buy Dad for Father’s Day

ReadThis asked Joseph O’Neill, Christopher Sorrentino and Jon Meacham for their gift tips for Father’s Day. Just click on the title links to order the books from Richmond, Virginia, independent, Fountain Bookstore. And while you’re at it, tell us which books you suggest.

JOSEPH O’NEILL, author of Netherland and Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, chooses:

Golf Dreams, by John Updike.


CHRISTOPHER SORRENTINO,  author of Trance, chooses:

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn. The original elegiac treatment of the Brooklyn Dodgers — and of baseball — Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer remains both an archetype and a living document, through its commitment to pathos and resistance to sentimentality, and its unstrained metaphoric ability to relate baseball’s pastoral implications to bygone times, disillusionment, and aging.


JON MEACHAM, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, chooses:

The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy From 1860 to Now, edited by Harold Holzer. From Walt Whitman to Karl Marx to Barack Obama, a sprawling collection of voices on the Savior of the Union.


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  2. Samantha Gillison

    Great Father’s Day list; I love the Lincoln reader. I recommend WAR by Sebastian Junger and the new Somerset Maugham biography (The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings) which is superb.

  3. I will take it upon myself to supply the lower-brow options!

    — Get Dad rolling with Michael Connelly — recent titles fall off a bit in quality but the BLACK ECHO rules. Overall the greatest current American detective series. http://www.fountainbookstore.com/book/9780446612739

    — For something a little more mid-century mod Dad can spend some time with John D. MacDonald’s heroic Travis McGee. Start with DEEP BLUE SEA and there are 16 more where that came from. http://www.fountainbookstore.com/book/9780449223833

    — For a good old-fashioned spy novel Olen Steinhauer’s THE TOURIST while slightly derivative of Ludlum’s BOURNE series is unputdownable. http://www.fountainbookstore.com/book/9780312374877

    — If Dad like’s The Western look no farther than BUTCHER’S CROSSING by John Williams (of STONER) fame. Brilliant, what BLOOD MERIDIAN wishes it was. (In this reader’s opinion!) http://www.fountainbookstore.com/book/9780312374877

    — I know I promised low brow but if Dad likes high art, swear words, and dirty jokes, the Sam Lipsyte’s THE ASK could lead to some awkward family book club moments at Thanksgiving but is certainly your ticket. http://www.fountainbookstore.com/book/9780374298913

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