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With Father's Day just around the corner, here are some staff picks that celebrate dads everywhere.
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth -JLR
"Mother and Dad are world-renowned efficiency experts, helping factories fine-tune their assembly lines for maximum output at minimum cost. At home, the Gilbreths themselves have cranked out twelve kids, and Dad is out to prove that efficiency principles can apply to family as well as the workplace."
The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler -JDM
"The author describes how, after being diagnosed with cancer, he enlisted the aid of six men from key stages in his life, asking this "Council of Dads" to be present at all passages in his daughters' lives, should he not survive, and offers lessons he learned from these six men."
Dadditude: How a Real Man Became a Real Dad by Philip Lerman -MKB
"A memoir of a father's journey through mid-life fatherhood describes his transition from television producer to full-time dad, offering a humorous look at the pitfalls and joys of being an older parent."
Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child by Louie Anderson -CRH
"Louie Anderson has appeared many times on "The Tonight Show," and his comedy specials on HBO and Showtime have won him wide acclaim. In this series of emotionally charged letters to his alcoholic father, Anderson reveals the sense of shame and insecurity that fuels his comic routines."
Fatherhood by Bill Cosby -TAS
"In this collection of ruminations, anecdotes, and vignettes, the actor/comedian covers the paternal gamut from the first child's birth to the challenges of raising teenagers and the ambivalence of watching kids leave home."
Father Knows Less by Wendell Jameison -JDM
"The author traces his efforts to seek out answers to questions posed by his precocious young son, describing his interviews with countless experts to discern truths about such topics as the pain of a jellyfish sting and the reason that police officers like doughnuts."
Father of the Bride directed by Charles Shyer -JDM
"Comedy update of the classic film, in which Steve Martin stars as a befuddled father who has a hard time letting go of his daughter as she plans her wedding."
Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad by Mercer Mayer -CRH
"Little Critter is going to help his dad all day long! Things might not always go as planned, but that doesn't stop Little Critter from trying his hardest!"
Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood by Josh Turner -MKB
"In this compilation, Josh shares fun and meaningful thoughts and personal stories--ranging from his childhood years to today--and weaves in spiritual insight for men who want to be better dads, husbands, and men of God."
Poems for Fathers by Myra Cohn Livingston -MKB
"Eighteen poems by English and American authors celebrate fathers--sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly."
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma -MKB
"When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called 'The Streak.' Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college."