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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Father's Day is June 20 - Book Ideas for Dad.

While finding something nice for Mom on Mother's Day has always been relatively easy, finding something for Dad on Father's Day has always been tough.  Father's Day is more than two weeks away, but because a gift for Dad requires some extra thought, I'm going to put together a few posts with some book-giving ideas over the next week or so.  Below is the first group of ideas:  

1.  Author Lee Child's 14th novel featuring ex-military cop Jack Reacher.  At this point in the series, do plot details matter?  We know Reacher, a man alone in the world with just an ATM card, is going to stumble into trouble and will try to do the right thing while getting out of it.      

2. A good title for golf and sports fans, Chasing Greatness is the story of the 1973 U.S. Open, where 26-year-old Johnny Miller overcame a six stroke deficit to win.  By shooting a remarkable final round eight-under 63, Miller beat a field that included Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Travino.  

3.  Blind Descent by James Tabor is a nonfiction title recommend recently in the Wall Street Journal.  It is the story of two teams of explorers, one American and the other Russian, searching for the deepest supercave on earth.  Publisher's Weekly described the book as having "fascinating information on the big supercave treks that holds the reader to his seat, containing dangers aplenty with deadly falls, killer microbes, sudden burial, asphyxiation, claustrophobia, anxiety, and hallucinations far underneath the ground in a lightless world . . .  this is tense real-life adventure pitting two master cavers mirroring the cold war with very uncommonly high stakes."  Wow!

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