father’s day

There's a Book for That: Fathers

Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.―Mike Myers

Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day. As is true for all relationships, the Hallmark card model doesn’t necessarily speak to the complexities between father and child. Penguin Random House titles do though! To honor the role of fatherhood in our lives – the joys and hurts of the bond, whether present or missing – take a look at our wide range of subjects (including the famous), voices and perspectives on fathers. Add to those, some great titles for kids!

  Ghostbuster's Daughter by Violet Ramis StielGHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER: LIFE WITH MY DAD, HAROLD RAMIS by Violet Ramis Stiel From the daughter of comedy legend Harold Ramis (and featuring a Foreword by Seth Rogen) comes a hilarious and heartwarming account of his life, work, and legacy. While the book offers a comprehensive history of her father’s career, Ghostbuster’s Daughter also provides a profound homage to their special father-daughter relationship.   Dad Is Fat by Jim GaffiganDAD IS FAT by Jim Gaffigan In his New York Times bestseller, popular comedian—and father of five!—Jim Gaffigan shares his fresh and hilarious observations on family life. Dad Is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.     Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father by Murray HoweNINE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY FATHER by Murray Howe Part Tuesdays with Morrie, part Mr. Hockey, Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father is a son’s intimate account of all that lies behind the towering legacy of the beloved Gordie Howe.     An Odyssey by Daniel MendelsohnAN ODYSSEY: A FATHER, A SON, AND AN EPIC by Daniel Mendelsohn From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost comes a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading—and reliving—Homer’s epic masterpiece.     The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner) by Hisham MatarTHE RETURN: FATHERS, SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN by Hisham Matar Winner of the Pulitzer Prize In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. The Return is the memoir of a son’s search for the truth behind his father’s disappearance.   The Father by Sharon OldsTHE FATHER: POEMS by Sharon Olds The Father is a sequence of poems, a daughter’s vision of a father’s illness and death. It chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The book is, most of all, a series of acts of understanding. The poems are impelled by a passion to know, and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may lead. The book goes into area of feeling and experience rarely entered in poetry.   Father and Son by Edmund GosseFATHER AND SON: A STUDY OF TWO TEMPERAMENTS by Edmund Gosse, Peter Abbs Father and Son, a memoir first published anonymously in 1907, focuses on the relationship between a sternly religious father who rejects the new evolutionary theories of his scientific colleague Charles Darwin and the son's gradual coming of age and rejection of his father's fundamentalist religion. It was immediately acclaimed for its courage in flouting the conventions of Victorian autobiography and is still a moving account of self-discovery.   Renoir, My Father by Jean RenoirRENOIR, MY FATHER by Jean Renoir In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter. Jean Renoir’s book is both a wonderful double portrait of father and son and, in the words of the distinguished art historian John Golding, it "remains the best account of Renoir, and, furthermore, among the most beautiful and moving biographies we have."   Father and Son by E. O. PlauenFATHER AND SON by E.O Plauen; Afterword by Elke Schulze; Translated from the German by Joel Roteberg Father and Son is one of the most beloved comic strips ever drawn—an uproarious, timeless ode to the pleasures, pitfalls, and endless absurdity of family life.     FOR YOUNGER READERS   My Dad Is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro PowellMY DAD IS THE BEST PLAYGROUND by Luciana Navarro Powell This joyful story celebrates Dad as the most fun person in the world and the best playground ever! He’s the highest swing and a great climbing wall, he’s a bouncing trampoline and merry as a merry-go-round. And then, when playtime is over, Dad is the best for reading and snuggling with before bed. Luciana Navarro Powell’s spirited writing is perfectly paired with her colorful, energetic, and very humorous artwork. Dads and their kids will love reading and rereading this glorious celebration of fathers.   My Dad Used To Be So Cool by Keith NegleyMY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley Keith Negley’s playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he’s the coolest guy in the world.   Pet Dad by Elanna AllenPET DAD by Elanna Allen Plum wants the perfect pet, but instead realizes she has the perfect dad in this charming and hilarious picture book that’s great for father’s day.     For more on these and other great books for dad, visit the collection: Fathers Day 2018
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Friday Reads: Father’s Day

fridayreadstnailSunday, June 18, is Father’s Day. For this installment of Friday Reads we focus on dad and his myriad interests with some of our bestselling titles.

    FEATURED TITLES 9780399180859_08457ATTITUDE: DEVELOP A WINNING MINDSET ON AND OFF THE COURT by Jay Wright, Michael Sheridan, Mark Dagostino In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, the coach of the Villanova University men’s basketball team shares his competitive and cooperative philosophy, along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his personal road to success.   9781101985878_fa6a5THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF KAMAU BELL: TALES OF A 6′ 4″, AFRICAN AMERICAN, HETEROSEXUAL, CISGENDER, LEFT-LEANING, ASTHMATIC, BLACK AND PROUD BLERD, MAMA’S BOY, DAD, AND STAND-UP COMEDIAN by W. Kamau Bell A memoir and manifesto from the comedian, hit podcast host, and star of United Shades of America.   9781594205071_33c34BEHAVE: THE BIOLOGY OF HUMANS AT OUR BEST AND WORST by Robert M. Sapolsky From the great neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of the decisive factors that dictate the boundaries of human behavior, both good and bad.     9780812995343_5c7adLINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A NOVEL by George Saunders The captivating first novel by the best-selling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War.     9780812993547_1f8f9BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME: NOTES ON THE FIRST 150 YEARS IN AMERICA by Ta-Nehisi Coates A bold investigation into America’s racial history and its contemporary echoes from “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer), told through the author’s own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life.   9780140280197_398bfTHE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene, Joost Elffers Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and more. Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.   9780143109396_ac73eBARBARIAN DAYS: A SURFING LIFE by William Finnegan Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: A deeply-rendered self-portrait of a life-long surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker journalist.     9780143128854_aa6b6ORIGINALS: HOW NON-CONFORMISTS MOVE THE WORLD by Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg The #1 national bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink     For more on these and other great books for dad, visit the collection: Fathers Friday Reads