11 Books for Fathers

This Father’s Day, surprise your dad with these recent releases

The weather is heating up, and if you have the kind of father who likes to read at the beach or during warm summer evenings, now is a great time to get him a new book. Here are a few suggestions for dads who like to read.



For adventurous fathers and would-be buccaneers, Pirate Hunters is a thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadow Divers.


For fathers who love to laugh or are dedicated followers of funny men and women, Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head is a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years.


For politico fathers or those fascinated by the inner lives of public figures, Being Nixon is the best single-volume biography of Richard Nixon to date. It’s a radical, unique portrait of a complicated figure who was both determinedly optimistic and tragically flawed.


For motivated, business-minded fathers, Risk/Reward is a persuasive and eye-opening look at the importance of embracing risk in our working lives—and how to use risk to achieve lifelong career success.


For fathers interested in military history or the true experience of men on the ground, Men of War is a riveting, visceral, and astonishingly original look at ordinary soldiers under fire.


For fathers who love fantasy and science fiction, Terry Brooks’s The Darkling Child is a thrilling standalone novel in his legendary Shannara series—the perfect place for new readers to begin in anticipation of the upcoming MTV original series The Shannara Chronicles.


For sports-loving fathers and passionate golfers, Slaying the Tiger is the chronicle of a season inside the ropes, alongside the rising stars who are transforming the game of golf.


For rugged fathers who love a good thriller, Lee Child’s Personal is his latest fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful Jack Reacher novel.


A Lucky Life Interrupted

Tom Brokaw

For fathers who love biography and personal insight, A Lucky Life Interrupted is a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change—a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.


For literary fathers and those interested in the present or future implications of the digital age, Book of Numbers is a monumental, uproarious, and exuberant novel about the search—for love, truth, and the meaning of Life with the Internet.


The Road to Character

David Brooks

For fathers who self-reflect and seek purpose, David Brooks’s The Road to Character offers an opportunity to rethink priorities and strive to build a rich inner life marked by humility and moral depth.