School’s out, the weather is warm and it’s the perfect time to find something new to read while laying by the lake or lounging on the porch. These page-turners—from memoirs and novels to post-apocalyptic imaginings—make great gifts for Dad, or treats for anyone looking for a book for a lazy summer day.
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope
In this memoir from the longtime anchor of the NBC Nightly News and the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw ruminates on his lucky—and ultimately incredibly happy—life.
Daddy, Stop Talking! And Other Things My Kids Want but Won’t be Getting
Adam Carolla, comedian, co-creator and star of TV’s The Man Show and bestselling author, shares stories of his “own crappy childhood” and takes helicopter parenting to task.
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Every Father’s Daughter: Twenty-four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers
Here are twenty-four ways of looking at fatherhood by an incredible host of writers, including Jane Smiley, Ann Hood and Alice Munro, among others.
Summertime, under the sunshine, maybe even on a beach, is really the best time to read Stephen King’s new fiercely intense novel about a reader obsessed with an author’s work. Imagine Misery with a bit more misery.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
More than a how-to or mere collection of recipes, this stunningly illustrated book by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay tells the humble and inspiring story of one of America’s favorite barbecue joints, and inspires us to try smoking at home.
How to be a Husband
Tim Dowling’s hilarious account of fatherhood and marriage shows us that sometimes manhood is really about simply putting in the time and being there.
It’s a Long Story: My Life
Who doesn’t love Trigger–wielding Willie Nelson? (Trigger is the name of his guitar.) Pour a drink, take a seat and dig into the life story of one of America’s true living legends.
Kelly Tough: Live Courageously by Faith
“Cancer wasn’t supposed to be part of my story,” says NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. But it is, and his daughter, Erin, along with his wife, Jill, write about it in a most moving way.
The New One Minute Manager
This updated version of the business classic by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson speaks to the lightning-speed pace of the new generation.
The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy
Masha Gessen’s commanding elucidation of the lives of the two brothers responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love
Laugh out loud with this cost-benefit analysis of fatherhood in essays from a fellowship of fathers, including P.J. O’Rourke and the book’s editor Jonathan V. Last.
The Dead Lands
“There is life inside the wall. There is death outside the wall.” Benjamin Percy reimagines Lewis and Clark’s cross-country journey to Oregon as a post-apocalyptic tale.