Sum­mer Reads

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.

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I 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. (Harper Collins)


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. (Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pany)


Dead Lands

“There is life in­side the wall. There is death out­side the wall.” Benjamin Percy reimag­ines Lewis and Clark’s cross­coun­try jour­ney to Ore­gon as a postapoc­a­lyp­tic tale. (Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing)

4 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. (Ran­dom House)

5 The Fate­ful Light­ning: A Novel of the Civil War The cap­ti­vat­ing fi­nal in­stall­ment in Jeff Shaara’s four-part Civil War se­ries tells the story of the blood­i­est year of the con­flict from both per­spec­tives. (Bal­lan­tine Books)

6 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. (Tem­ple­ton Press)

Visit Pa­ for es­say ex­cerpts from P.J. O’Rourke and Jonathan V. Last.

7 The Harder They Come

T.C. Boyle hits hard with his 15th novel about a fa­ther try­ing to save his son from him­self, a re­flec­tion on Amer­i­can vi­o­lence and tes­ta­ment to the idea that no gun goes un­fired. (Ecco)

8Franklin 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. (Ten Speed Press)

9 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. (Broad-Street Pub­lish­ing)

I0 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. (McPher­son& Com­pany)

ii Finders Keep­ers 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. (Scrib­ner)

I2 The His­tory of Fly-Fish­ing in Fifty Flies

Who knew there were more than 1,700 salmon fly pat­terns a fish­er­man could learn to tie? Here, Ian Whitelaw tells the whole story of this el­e­gant 2,000-year-old sport. (Ste­wart Ta­bori & Chang)

I3 The Fel­low­ship: The Lit­er­ary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Wil­liams A lively telling of the ul­ti­mate lit­er­ary and artis­tic col­lec­tive— and what they wres­tled with as they met weekly for nearly 30 years, by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski. (Far­rar, Straus and Giroux)


The Wright Broth­ers An­other fit­ting sum­mer read, es­pe­cially if you’re fly­ing some­where. Dig into ac­claimed au­thor David McCul­lough’s true story of the pas­sion that bor­dered on ob­ses­sion and led to two broth­ers from Ohio launch­ing us air­borne. (Simon & Schus­ter)

I5 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. (Wil­liam Mor­row)

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