10 Best Books for Dad This Father's Day

June 16th is rapidly approaching and I find myself agonizing once again over what to get my dad for Father’s Day. As a point of pride, I try to avoid clichés like the classic tie, watch, or coffee mug. Then it hits me: a book. Think about it. A book can be entertaining, educational, and useful. Books can surprise, provide escape, and spark imagination. Books are affordable. And, best of all, books have the potential to be a deeply personal gift.

With that in mind, we’ve created a list of Father’s Day book suggestions – we hope that amongst this list you will find the perfect title for the dad in your life.

1) The Son by Philipp Meyer

Help your dad find escape this Father’s Day by transporting him into the historic American West with The Son by Philipp Meyer. This epic novel follows the rise of a powerful Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century. Love, honor, and ambition are all powerful themes in this vivid novel.

2) The Outsider by Jimmy Connors

Know a dad with a great backhand? Give him the candid and fascinating memoir from tennis-legend Jimmy Connors. Known for his aggressive style of play and bad-boy antics, Connors exploded onto the tennis scene in the 1970s. The Outsider tells the story of Connors’s life and career – covering, in frank detail, his personal relationships, his epic rivalries, and, of course, his dedication to the sport of tennis.

3) The Will to Win by Robert Herjavec

Take some advice from Robert Herjavec this Father’s Day: reject mediocrity; do not settle for a gift that is simply “good enough.” With that in mind, pick up Herjavec’s new book The Will to Win, the perfect book to inspire the budding businessman in your life. Herjavec, co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, shares stories from his own life to help motivate readers as they strive for greatness.

4) GSP: The Way of the Fight by Georges St. Pierre

The world’s most popular UFC fighter tells his story of growing up in the martial arts and his rise to success in a highly competitive sport. GSP, as he is known to millions of fans, shares personal stories of being bullied at a young age, getting his black belt in karate at the age of 12, and his set-backs and successes in UFC.

5) Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River, brings us yet another electrifying and dynamic novel with Live by Night – the perfect gift for any father looking to unwind with an exhilarating gangster story. Set in the jazz age Boston, Live by Night follows Joe Coughlin’s rise from petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner. Gangsters, prohibition, corrupt cops, money, and power: Live by Night has it all.

6) The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson

For the politically-minded father, we have The Big Shift. Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson explore how Canada, historically one of the world’s most consensual countries, is beginning to polarize. The authors argue that Canada, with an ever-changing and growing economy and a constantly changing demographic base due to global migrations, has moved away from the political traditions of its past.

7) Seven Men by Eric Metaxas

For the soul-searching father, we have Seven Men. Crafted as a series of engaging portraits, Seven Men profiles seven widely known but poorly understood Christian men who exemplify virtues in the truth of the gospel. Through portraits of famous figures such as George Washington and Jackie Robinson, Metaxas explores what it means to stand for honesty, courage, and charity.

8) The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

In The Sleepwalkers, historian Christopher Clark describes the beginning of World War I in gripping and engaging detail. Clark takes a fresh look at WWI by detailing not only the battles, but also the complex relationships that led up to the conflict. The Sleepwalkers is action packed and absorbing – perfect for any dad who is a history buff.

9) The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance by Rasmus Ankerson

Ever wonder why so many of the best female golfers are from South Korea or why world class sprinters so often come out of Jamaica? In The Gold Mine Effect, Rasmus Ankerson travels around the world to try and understand what he terms “talent goldmines” – areas of the world that just seem to breed talent. Prepare yourself for some spirited dinner-table discussion after your dad polishes off The Gold Mine Effect.

10) Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins

Bestselling author James Rollins brings us another action-packed thriller in the Sigma Force series. We follow our hero Commander Gray Pierce to the Africa jungle where his mission is to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who has been kidnapped by Somali pirates. But everything is not as it seems and Pierce begins to suspect that the kidnapping is a cover for a terrorist agenda. Your dad will no doubt whip through this title. But don’t worry – if he polishes it off in one sitting, we have you covered. The next book in the Sigma Force series, The Eye of God is on sale at the end of June.

For all the times your dad stood in the rain cheering you on at your soccer games. For how every Tuesday, he would drive you to your piano lessons. And for the countless times he would read you your favorite bedtime story. Let your dad know you appreciate him this Father’s Day by picking up a thoughtful gift.

Thanks to all you dads out there!

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