Father’s Day Gifts for the Bookish Dad

07 Jun 2016

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so you’re probably searching for the perfect gift to get for your dad. Despite all of their corny jokes, dad’s are pretty cool. If you’re dad is a reader, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve made a list of great new releases that will make the perfect Father’s Day gift!

Father’s Day Gifts for the Bookish Dad


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Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Chris Cleave

Release Date: May 3, 2016

If your dad loves historical fiction about World War II, then this book is for him. Everyone Brave is Forgiven follows the story of Mary and Alistair, who meet and fall in love after enlisting to fight in the war. It’s inspired by the love letters written between Cleave’s grandparents, and it reminds us of the large array of challenges people faced during World War II. Yes, it does have a bit of romance in it. But hey— even your dad can be a hopeless romantic.

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Shoe Dog

Phil Knight

Release Date: April 26, 2016

You might catch you dad throwing on his Nike’s to go for a run, but does he know how his favorite shoes came to be? Shoe Dog is a memoir about Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, and it tells the story of how the company got to be the behemoth that it is today. Combining the story of an iconic athletic brand with the tale of building a corporation from the ground-up, this book will make a great gift for the business-savvy sports fanatic.

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The Fireman

Joe Hill

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Did your dad tell you ghost stories while growing up or willingly took you to see scary movies? Then maybe he’ll enjoy this new thriller by Joe Hill, a master of horror and all things spooky. In the book, a plague has spread across the world that causes people to spontaneously burst into flames. A vigilante known as The Fireman has the disease, but he learns how to control it and attempts to use his power to avenge the dead. If your dad can handle a spine-chilling story, then this is the book for him. But maybe tell him to leave the lights on while he’s reading.

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Before the Fall

Noah Hawley

Release Date: May 31, 2016

If your Dad binge-watched Lost, then he’ll probably enjoy this new thriller about the survivors of a plane crash. Before the Fall switches between telling the backstories of the people who died in the crash and showing the aftermath for the two people who survived. The suspense throughout the book will have your dad on the edge of his seat, and he probably won’t be able to put it down.

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Game 7, 1986

Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner

Release Date: April 5, 2016

For the baseball-fanatic father, Game 7, 1986 will give him an insider look on what it’s like to be a professional athlete. Sports analyst Ron Darling talks about his time as a baseball player and discusses the defining moment of his athletic career. This memoir offers a unique opportunity for readers and sports fans to see what it’s like to compete at the highest level of the game and deal with the pressure of having everything on the line in a single moment.

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End of Watch

Stephen King

Release Date: June 7, 2016

If your dad loved the rest of the Bill Hodges trilogy, then it’s the perfect time to get him the concluding book to this chilling series. Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney are desperately trying to find a way to stop the Mercedes Killer, and they are in danger of becoming victims themselves. End of Watch is filled to the brim with thrilling action and terrifying revenge plots, and it’s sure to frighten even the toughest of dads.

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Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

Meathead Goldwyn and Greg Blonder

Release Date: May 10, 2016

There’s nothing better than having a barbecue on a warm summer night. But does your dad know how to grill the perfect steak for your family cookout? If you want to help your dad up his grilling game, then we highly recommend this cookbook. Filled with 175 delicious recipes, Meathead will teach your dad the science behind grilling and show him all of the best techniques for cooking up the most flavorful meat.

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The Romanovs

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Release Date: May 3, 2016

The Romanovs is a great read for dads who are history buffs. Based on new research, this book tells the story of the famous Russian monarchs whose lives were filled with both triumph and tragedy. It is an epic tale of the history of Russia and the extremely flawed monarchs who ruled over the country for hundreds of years. It’s almost like Game of Thrones in real life.

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Love That Boy

Ron Fournier

Release Date: April 12, 2016

All dads want the world for their children, but sometimes expectations can outpace reality. In Love That Boy, political columnist Ron Fournier talks about his son Tyler’s Asperger’s diagnosis and how they learned to cope with the challenges it created. This memoir is a heart-warming story of unconditional love and overcoming the unexpected hurdles that life throws at you.

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The House of Secrets

Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg

Release Date: June 7, 2016

If your dad loves mysteries and has secretly wanted to be a spy his whole life, then he will love the House of Secrets. Hazel is the daughter of Jack Nash, who hosts a popular conspiracy TV show. When her father is killed in a car accident, Hazel discovers secrets about him that make her question everything. This book will have your dad hunting for conspiracies everywhere he goes.

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The Jazz of Physics

Stephon Alexander

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Is your dad a science or a jazz enthusiast? Then he may be surprised to learn that that jazz and physics often work hand in hand. The author Stephon Alexander is a physics professor and a jazz musician, and he made the connection between the two fields while playing the saxophone and improvising equations. The Jazz of Physics is a fascinating read, and your dad will learn something new on every page.

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Sarah Pannenberg