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The Book of Dads

The Book of Dads by Ben George

(Adult Nonfiction) - At turns humorous, irreverent, poignant and tender, The Book of Dads brings together twenty well-known and beloved writers on the subject of fatherhood, offering fathers--or anyone who has been or loved a parent--unrivaled insights into the complexity of fatherhood as it's experienced now. It is a literary reader for the contemporary dad, hip and on point, but with an eye toward becoming a classic for readers return to again and again. Contributors include Ben Fountain, Charles Baxter, Jim Shepard, Clyde Edgerton, Neal Pollack, Rick Bragg, Anthony Doerr, Michael Thomas, Davy Rothbart, Richard Bausch, Nick Flynn, Brandon R. Schrand, Rick Bass, Sebastian Matthews, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Steve Almond, David Gessner, Darin Strauss, Brock Clarke, and Sven Birkerts
A Daddy for Her Triplets

A Daddy for Her Triplets by Debra Kastner

(Adult Fiction) - Clint Daniels knows he is nobody's sweetheart. The rugged mountain guide has lived most of his life alone, and with his heartbreaking past, he can't imagine a domestic future with anyone. Especially not a warm and graceful widow like Olivia Barlow. But when her three towheaded little boys approach him at the Lone Star Cowboy League's annual Valentine's dance, he finds it impossible to turn them away. Clint isn't prepared to be a father, but these boys draw out his paternal side. And somehow, vulnerable Olivia and her children begin to make the cowboy suspect their wary hearts might actually be a perfect match.
Father's Day

Father's Day by Simon Van Booy

(Adult Fiction) - Weaves together the story of Harvey's childhood with her Uncle Jason, a disabled felon who took her in after her parents died, and as a young woman in Paris as she awaits his arrival for a Father's Day visit. Harvey's life was shattered at the age of six, when she found herself in the care of a veteran social worker, and alone in the world save for an uncle she had never met-- Jason, a disabled felon, haunted by a violent past he can't escape. As a young woman in Paris, Harley looks back on her childhood on Long Island, and remember how she and Jason searched for a future in the ruin of their pasts.
Father's Day Murder

Father's Day Murder by Leslie Meier

(Adult Fiction) - When her part-time reporting gig gives Lucy the opportunity to attend a Boston newspaper conference, she looks forward to the vacation from domestic bliss. But then Luther Read suddenly drops dead. He is head of a near-bankrupt newspaper dynasty - and father to several resentful children.
Home Game

Home Game by Michael Lewis

(Adult Nonfiction) - When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn't feel, and to do things that he couldn't see the point of doing. At first this made him feel guilty, until he realized that all around him fathers were pretending to do one thing, to feel one way, when in fact they felt and did all sorts of things, then engaged in what amounted to an extended cover-up. Lewis decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This book is that record. But it may also be the funniest, most unsparing account of ordinary daily household life ever recorded from the point of view of the man inside. The remarkable thing about this story isn't that Lewis is so unusual--it's that he is so typical.
The Last Season

The Last Season by Stuart Stevens

(Adult Nonfiction) - A 60-year-old son and his aging father reflect on their lives and share poignant and irreverent memories as they attend a full season of Ole Miss football games together, just as they had over half a century ago. In the fall of 2012, grappling with a profound sense of mortality, Stevens began asking himself some tough questions, not least about his relationship with his father. The two of them had spent little time together for decades. He made a resolution: to invite his father to attend a season of Ole Miss football games together, as they'd done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond.