EW's complete 2018 Father's Day book guide
It’s his special Sunday, so what should you get the man who made you? If you truly love him, pass on the coffee mugs and overpriced brunches and give him the gift of a great new book — one he’ll actually want to read.
New York Times reporter John Branch embeds deep in a Utah rodeo dynasty in The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West, while The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright lights up the Lone Star State in God Save Texas and Mark Adams rides far north in Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier. Head south of the border for Andrew Hogan and Douglas Century’s Hunting El Chapo, or Into the Raging Sea in Rachel Slade’s riveting account of the fatal 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro.
Recent Pulitzer winner Ronan Farrow offers a sharp, bleak take on the state of the union in War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. Swing back toward TED Talk optimism with Swedish academic Hans Rosling’s Bill Gates-approved Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, or revisit a life fully lived in Sen. John McCain’s swan song, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.
Hey, 19 (or 59): Sail on yacht-rock glory in Barney Hoskyns’ Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion, or let Van Morrison’s second album be your guide to the counterculture revolution in Ryan H. Walsh’s 5 Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. Rock journalist Robert Hilburn turns up the sound of silence in his definitive biography Paul Simon: The Life, while Steven Hyden roams from Dylan to Springsteen and beyond in Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock.
Pop Culture Dad
The Last Interview series is just what it sounds like: the poignant, funny, and often profound final words of luminaries from Hemingway and Vonnegut to James Baldwin, David Foster Wallace, and David Bowie. Dave Itzkoff’s Robin offers a deeply researched take on the eventful life and tragic death of comedy legend Robin Williams, and EW’s own Chris Nashawaty peels back the turf in his wildly salacious oral history Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story.
Feeling Scandi? Try acclaimed Norwegian memoirist Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Spring or crime-novel king Jo Nesbø’s modernized Shakespearean drama Macbeth. Revisit the Civil War South with Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier’s Varina, and return to post-WWII London with The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje’s atmospheric Warlight. Or surprise him with Stephen King’s latest small-town murderfest, The Outsider. Sleep tight, Daddy dearest!