Fatherhood

The passions, perils, and pleasures of paternity.

 


 

Father's Day

By Buzz Bissinger

 

The award-winning, bestselling author of sports classics Friday Night Lights and 3 Nights in August chronicles a cross-country road trip taken with his 24-year-old son Gerry. Cognitively impaired due to oxygen deprivation at birth, Bissinger's son leads a circumscribed life despite his savant-like memory, and the author undertook this westward odyssey in the hope of getting to know his son more fully. First, though, he must confront his own fears, insecurities, and illusions about his astonishing, brave child. A powerful -- and blazingly honest -- story of fatherhood reconsidered.

 


 

Home Game

By Michael Lewis

 

Lewis mastered the complex worlds of high finance (Liar's Poker) and professional sports (Moneyball, The Blind Side) with deceptive yet delightful ease. Fatherhood took him a little longer. Yet, as this engaging narrative reveals, he eventually rose to the task -- a journey he chronicles with his usual blend of keen insight and irreverent wit.

 


 

The Bookmaker's Daughter

By Shirley Abbott

 

A roguish, charming bookie, Shirley Abbott's father was also "the man of intellect, the reader among illiterates." Through a shared love of books he forged an alliance with his daughter, showing her that there was more to the world than the provincial concerns of Hot Springs, Arkansas in the 1940s. A moving ode to a formative relationship.

 


 

The Prince of Frogtown

By Rick Bragg

 

In this poignant, heartfelt memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author shares his education in fatherhood, imparted by the ten-year-old stepson who not only inspired Bragg's love but illuminated his distant, awkward relationship with his own troubled father, a larger-than-life figure he never really knew.

 

 


 

Peace Like a River

By Leif Enger

 

Enger's magical debut novel is about a man in 1960s Minnesota who leads his family across the Dakota Badlands in pursuit of a fugitive son. Narrated by eleven-year-old Reuben, the story is a gripping, dramatic, and ultimately inspiriting vision of family, faith, and fatherhood.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.