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.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."