Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (books for fathers edition)

This week the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish are asking for our top ten books for fathers. I chose ten books I've recently added to my TBR (so I can't vouch for any of them). All are written by men, and most are about men or "manly" things.

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I don't know where Beneath a Scarlet Sky came from, but it was released May 1, and it already has nearly 4,000 Amazon reviews. I can't explain that. It's the fictionalized story of a real man, Pino Lella, an Italian who goes to war in WWII.

I'd like to try both of Richard Russo's small town life books, Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool, but at present I'm a bit overstocked on doorstop novels.

True Stories

I've never seen The Daily Show, and I wouldn't be able to pick Trevor Noah out of a crowd, but his autobiography about growing up a mixed-race boy in South Africa sounds fascinating. I hope to read Born a Crime soon.

I've head the title Confederates in the Attic before (it was published in 1998), but I never knew what it was about. Looking into it, the book sounds like something right up my alley. I love books that connect past and present, and I believe that is what folks love about this book. (I also have a thing for books about the South!)

In college, I had to read a book by Richard Ford for a class, and I didn't care for it, but I remember thinking he was a good writer regardless. He's just released a short book about his parents called Between Them, which I think I'd enjoy a lot.

About flight

This is the first and will likely be the last time I'll have a block of books about flight on my blog, but they all kind of found me at the same time.

The Flight is a biography of Charles Lindbergh's famous flight. (Can you biography a flight? Also, can you use "biography" as a verb? I think you should be able to do both).

I loved Laura Hillenbrand's book about Louis Zamperini (Unbroken), but for some reason I'd never been interested in Zamperini's own telling of the story, Devil at My Heels, until recently.

I finally watched the film Sully, the true story of Chesley Sullenberger landing a passenger jet in the Hudson River, a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I immediately ordered a copy of his memoir by the same name.

Fatherly advice

Who better to get life advice from than a retired U.S. Navy Admiral? I always have to force myself to resist the "graduation speech" books that come out this time of year. Something about them draws me like ants to sugar. I think I'll give in on Make Your Bed, though.

And lastly, Find Your Whistle. I've been on a quest to learn to whistle lately. (Yes, my life is full of excitement!) When this book popped up (published June 6), I was all over it. It's about finding the one thing you do, no matter how small, and blessing people with it. I love this idea. (Plus I'm hoping he throws in a whistling tutorial!)



  1. Born a Crime is on my TBR list
    My ttt