A Thoughtful Gift For The Dad Who Has Everything

Whether you are shopping for your dad or husband in honor of Father’s Day, a book in his favorite genre or interest is a thoughtful and lasting gift. You can find plenty of books for all types of dads, including sports fans, war buffs, science lovers and more. 

1. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | If your father loves to read about creative icons, Born to Run won’t disappoint. Springsteen tells his story in an authentic and humble manner without the assistance of a ghostwriter. This honest memoir recounts the musician’s childhood, teenage years and first starts in the rock and roll world, penning some of the greatest and relatable songs ever performed. 

Price | $10

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2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | You’ve heard of J.K. Rowling, but what about Robert Galbraith? This is the pen name for Rowling in the thriller genre. If your dad loves puzzles, then he may like solving the mystery along with the British detective and war veteran protagonist Cormoran Strike. Rowling took great care to leave the reader guessing who-done-it until the end of this debut crime novel.

Price | $12

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3. The Ghost Army of World War II by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | World War II buffs will sit riveted reading about the tricks one unit used to defeat the enemy in France, such as inflatable tanks and sound effects. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops consisted of 1,100 men including Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd and Art Kane. These men created the Ghost Army to convince German soldiers that America had a larger force in the region. The book tells the story of these brave men with photographs, sketches and personal accounts. 

Price | $20

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4. See America by the Creative Action Network

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | The Creative Action Network released this book for travelers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The crowdsourced project consists of artwork honoring 75 national parks and monuments with reimagined WPA travel posters. Your dad may plan a family road trip after viewing this book. 

Price | $12

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5. The League of Outsider Baseball by Gary Cieradkowski

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | America’s pastime consists of more than just the big names in baseball. This book tells the fascinating stories of players from all walks of life that many baseball fans have never heard, such as the players in the Negro Leagues and foreign leagues. It features vintage-style baseball cards and tales of big-name players before they were famous, like Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. Even bank robber John Dillinger played baseball as a shortstop and attended Cubs games. 

Price | $14

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6. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | This debut novella was also Maclean’s last published work when the former English professor was 76 years old. Outdoorsy dads will enjoy the descriptive narrative from Maclean whose characters live in small towns in western Montana working hard at logging, fighting forest fires, and enjoying simple things like fly-fishing and playing cribbage. The classic stories found within not only enthrall readers, but Maclean’s own story of realizing a dream in his older years is admirable. 

Price | $8

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7. Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | Does your dad or husband get excited about performing experiments? This book contains experiments he can share with the kids and grandkids, including projects from chemistry, anatomy, astronomy, biology, physics and more. Do you think he would want to work with 30 interactive projects, such as boiling ice, exploding soap and straw balloon rocket blasters? With this book, family holidays will never be the same. 

Price | $15

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8. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas and Daniel Wallace

Why It’s Perfect For Dad | Star Wars fans will geek over this three-volume hardcover set. If your dad or husband has always wanted to explore the George Lucas universe, here’s their chance. Featuring photographs, artwork, maps and an event timeline, this set is sure to please every Jedi Knight and Sith Lord in the land.

Price | $67

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