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Father's Day

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Featured below: Books that dads will love—from novels to memoirs, cookbooks to kids books. Looking for more recommended titles? See staff reviews by subject here. 

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062802798
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Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

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Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984826930
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 16th, 2021

In the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award–winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft.

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The Chef's Garden: A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables--With Recipes Cover Image
By Farmer Lee Jones, Kristin Donnelly (With), Jose Andres (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780525541066
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - April 27th, 2021

Sooley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385547680
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 27th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel "Sooley" Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams--and even bigger challenges off the court.

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Machinehood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982148065
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 2nd, 2021

From the Hugo Award nominee S.B. Divya, Zero Dark Thirty meets The Social Network in this science fiction thriller about artificial intelligence, sentience, and labor rights in a near future dominated by the gig economy.

Welga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, is about to retire early when her client is killed in front of her.

Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly) new science-based thriller from the bestselling author of The Martian.

“An epic story of redemption, discovery and cool speculative sci-fi.”—USA Today

Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Gotham Book Prize

One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"

Oprah's Book Club Pick

Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine

Washington Post Notable Novel

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Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250252692
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 1st, 2021

A New York Times Notable Books of 2020

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

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Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982140908
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021

A profoundly inspiring and transformative argument that purposeful commitment can be a powerful force in our age of restlessness and indecision.

Most of us have had this experience: browsing through countless options on Netflix, unable to commit to watching any given movie—and losing so much time skimming reviews and considering trailers that it’s too late to watch anythi

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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158529
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 13th, 2021

The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings--the dazzling handiwork of the city's skilled artists and architects.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Cover Image
By Ibram X. Kendi (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593134047
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Published: One World - February 2nd, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire.

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316296618
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 27th, 2021

An exploration of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examin

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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. From the prize-winning and bestselling author of Say Nothing, as featured in the HBO documentary Crime of the Century.

A Promised Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy


The Premonition: A Pandemic Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881554
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

New York Times Bestseller

For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.

The Optimist: A Case for the Fly Fishing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982152505
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Published: Scribner - May 4th, 2021

A modern tribute to an ageless pastime, and a practical guide to the art, philosophy, and rituals of fly fishing, by an expert, lifelong angler.

In The Optimist, David Coggins makes a case for the skills and sensibility of an enduring sport and shares the secrets, frustrations, and triumphs of the great tradition of fly fishing, which has captivated anglers worldwide.

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Officer Clemmons: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220571
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Published: Catapult - May 4th, 2021

This intimate debut memoir by the man known to the world as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's Officer Clemmons, who made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children's television program, "doesn't ask you to be his neighbor, but rather just to hear his story: one of a man of profound strength and talent who stood up, sang out, and, after great struggle, was

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Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631495878
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Published: Liveright - April 27th, 2021

Library Journal • "Books and Authors to Know: Titles to Watch 2021"

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In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525512547
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 30th, 2021

A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it

“One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.”—Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324003243
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2021

One of the Washington Post's 20 Books to Read This Summer

A riveting history of the epic orbital flight that put America back into the space race.

National Audubon Society Trees of North America (National Audubon Society Guide) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655718
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Published: Knopf - April 6th, 2021

From the creators of the world's most trusted field guides--a go-to source for millions of nature lovers--comes a completely new and unparalleled reference work: the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to the trees of North America.

Be Prepared: Be Prepared Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743251549
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2004

An indispensable survival manual for men entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.

Finally, a book that teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood...including how to:

-Change a baby at a packed spor

Hair Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525553366
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

New York Times Bestseller and tie-in to Academy-Award Winning Short Film "Hair Love"
"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."

I Love Daddy Every Day (An Every Day Together Book) Cover Image
By Isabel Otter, Alicia Más (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593123058
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Published: Rodale Kids - March 24th, 2020

The first in a collectable new series that celebrates the true spirit of the holidays every day, this colorful picture book engages with the playfulness and appreciation of Father's Day year-round!

My Papi Has a Motorcycle Cover Image
By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525553410
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.

You Be Daddy Cover Image
By Karla Clark, Steph Lew (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250225399
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 27th, 2021

A tired daddy lets his son have a turn being the parent at bedtime in Karla Clark'sYou Be Daddy, a humorously charming companion picture book to You Be Mommy, featuring illustrations by Steph Lew.

Daddy’s too tired to be Daddy tonight.
Can you be Daddy and hug me tight?

Papa and Me Cover Image
By Arthur Dorros, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060581589
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Published: HarperCollins - April 22nd, 2014

In Papá and Me, a young boy and his papa may speak both Spanish and English, but the most important language they speak is the language of love. In this beautiful bilingual picture book, Arthur Dorros portrays the close bond between father and son, with lush paintings by Rudy Gutierrez.

Grandad's Camper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499811933
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Published: little bee books - April 6th, 2021

"As warm and friendly as a kind grandparent." Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"For the hope for new adventures, and the glimpse of intergenerational kindness and understanding, this lovely book should be on every shelf." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"An effective tool for teaching empathy, and the intergeneratio

Adventures with My Daddies Cover Image
By Gareth Peter, Garry Parsons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781682632819
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2021

A diverse family embarks on a series of whimsical adventures in this Own Voices bedtime read aloud, perfect for LGBTQ+ and adoptive families

"Vivid, imaginative storytelling...a relatable tale for children of adopted, blended, and LGBTQ+ families." --Booklist