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Books for Dad

MUST READS FOR FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day is the perfect time for dads to relax and enjoy an engrossing read.  Here are some books that dads will savor during the summer.

THE BASEBALL 100, JOE POSNANSKI

One of the best sports books ever. Joe Posnanski doesn’t just offer his opinion on the best baseball players of all-time, he beautifully tells the story of each player with impeccable research, insightful anecdotes and a joyful wit. Posnanski’s love for baseball is evident on each page. A National Sportswriter of the Year honoree, Posnanski captures the endearing timeless essence of the sport in this 880-page classic.

UNBROKEN, LAURA HILLENBRAND

A meticulous and remarkable account of the survival of a World War II airman. Captivating from the first page, Laura Hillenbrand (“Seabiscuit”) recounts how Louis Zamperini’s bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and how — despite “thousands of miles of open ocean,” sharks, starvation and enemy aircraft – he survived. 

The storytelling is engrossing and incredibly detailed and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography.

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE: A SAGA OF CHURCHILL, FAMILY, AND DEFIANCE DURING THE BLITZ, ERIK LARSON

Erik Larson manages to tell a story about Winston Churchill that has yet to be fully explored. The book chronicles Churchill and The Blitz. From Churchill’s first day as prime minister through the next 12 months, his thoughts and London’s defiance in the face of attack is detailed by Larson’s research and sharp prose. Using illuminating diaries and public documents, Larson recreates the scene as Churchill led the nation.

A thrilling and sobering read.

HOW TO BE PERFECT: THE CORRECT ANSWER TO EVERY MORAL QUESTION, MICHAEL SCHUR

Michael Schur, the creator of The Good Place, offers a fun and insightful book on living an ethical life. Self-deprecating, Schur knows we can’t be perfect, but by using real-life hypothetical situations and drawing on the works of philosophers, he reflects on questions we often face, such as, Can I still enjoy great art if it was created by terrible people?

With humor and empathy, Schur offers an enjoyable read on deep thinking. Fun and impactful.

MINT CONDITION: HOW BASEBALL CARDS BECAME AN AMERICAN OBSESSION, DAVE JAMIESON

The joys of opening a pack of baseball cards are just the starting point for this book that is full of insight. The sports cards business has boomed during the coronavirus pandemic. This looks back at how baseball cards set the standard. 

From the Civil War to the Topps monopoly and the oversaturation of cards in the 1990s, the book never ceases to inform.

An illuminating insight: The Great Depression crippled the nation, but one company thrived with sales of penny gum-and-baseball card packs, soaring to almost $1.5 million in sales in 1933. The belief was kids and families couldn’t afford to attend games during that era, but the connection to the sport was in the baseball cards.