Top 10 Book Ideas for Fathers Day

Wondering what to buy for a Fathers Day gift this year?

Here are my top 10 book ideas for Dad. A short list of picks for new and recent novels that will make winning presents for all sorts of fathers.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – By David Grann

The last remnant of the Wild West. A violent true story of the murders of the Osage people and the first major homicide investigation of the FBI led by J Edgar Hoover.

Loads of awards! Including: Time magazine’s top 10 nonfiction books of 2017. Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction 2018. Long listed for Man Booker 2018. Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime 2018. MY REVIEW

The President Is Missing – By Bill Clinton and James Patterson

A political thriller co-written by a former president. Cyber terror and traitors in the white house, set in real-time over 3 days – kind of like a book version of a 24 episode. What’s not to like?!

The Underground Railroad – By Colson Whitehead

A well written and brutal narrative of America as a slave nation. An adventure story and deep reflection of a hard hearted history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017.

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World – By Anthony Doerr

From a Pulitzer Prize winning author, the true story of his writing sabbatical to Rome and experience of new fatherhood. A beautifully written story. My husband loved this. MY REVIEW

In Our Mad and Furious City – By Guy Gunaratne

A gritty, intense story of three young men and the events unfolding over 48 hours in a London housing estate. A debut novel long listed for the Man Booker prize this year.

The Innocent – By Ian McEwan

A dark and twisted psychological thriller set in 1950s post war Berlin. Brilliantly written and indecently surprising. MY REVIEW

The Overstory – By Richard Powers

A compelling and complex story of stories with writing likened to Cloud Atlas. Following the lives of nine people and the non-human lives that coexist yet are rarely listened to – those of the trees. A cutting look at humanity’s relationship to nature. Long listed for the Man Booker 2018.

The Sympathizer – By Viet Thanh Nguyen

Clever writing and dark humour. A brilliant account of a double agent at the end of the Vietnam war and what followed for those who escaped to America. Winner of the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 2016. MY REVIEW

Warlight – By Michael Ondaatje

Described as a beguiling mystery and masterpiece of memory. Two teenagers stay behind in England after World War II in the care of a mysterious family friend while their parents move to Asia. Years later they try to uncover what really happened and why. From the award-winning author of The English Patient.

Kindle Paperwhite

It’s always good to think of a present that might be a bit left field, that perhaps Dad wouldn’t buy for himself. A gadget gift that keeps on giving. The Kindle is an easy, mobile and inexpensive way to read more books.

This Paperwhite model (6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – International Version) is well priced, bullet proof and dummy proof. Both my husband and I have one – and love it.

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