Books for Dads

In celebration of Fathers Day, here are four new titles (and one classic) to recommend to Dad: 






The final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific, by Jeff Shaara

A fictionalized account of soldiers’ lives in the Pacific during World War II. Told from perspectives on both sides of the battle, this one is sure to please the history buff Dad.



In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson

For the nonfiction-loving Dads, Erik Larson’s new book recounts the story of America’s ambassador to Nazi Germany during the 1930s. Larson is the author of stand-out bestselling nonfiction titles Thunderstruck and The Devil in the White City, but The New York Times calls In the Garden of Beasts his “best and most enthralling work of novelistic history.”


Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson

Already slated to become a Steven Speilberg film in 2013, this “robot apocalypse” novel will be a huge hit with science-fiction-fan-Dads.



The Ridge, by Michael Koryta

The newest mystery-thriller from Koryta begins with the death of a lighthouse keeper in an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky. Mystery master Michael Connelly calls Koryta “one of the best of the best.”



And has your Dad read the Aubrey-Maturin naval series by Patrick O’Brian? The 20-volume series follows the high-seas adventures of a nineteenth-century ship captain and his naval surgeon friend. One of my Dad’s favorites, this is a must-read series for Fathers who love authentic naval fiction. Start with Book 1: Master and Commander.




What are your fathers’ favorite books?

(Photo of man reading courtesy of Tori Barratt Crane)


  1. Love Larson’s work and think this is a great suggestion. Thanks for the blog!! This is a great idea.

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