6 Great Books That Make the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Books for Perfect Father's Day Gifts

Dad will love these captivating reads.

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s no better gift for dad than a new book. From real-life political intrigue and the hottest new thriller to a laugh-out-loud book by two comedic geniuses, the unique narratives below are sure to delight dad this Father’s Day.

By Jessica Dukes
Never Enough by Mike Hayes

Never Enough

By Mike Hayes

For the dad who loved Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven

When you see “Navy SEAL” on a résumé, you know the person can teach you a thing or two about leadership. In Never Enough, Mike Hayes, the former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO, distills a lifetime of on-the-ground experience into personal and professional lessons that everyone can use. In the field, Hayes realized that being a leader required more than just giving orders: He had to be willing to learn, to work beside his fellow soldiers, and always to put the team first. Later, as the Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council and then as the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at VMware, Hayes saw that the same strategies for success applied to the boardroom. Part military adventure, part memoir, and part leadership advice, Never Enough offers something for everyone.

The Genome Odyssey

By Dr. Euan Ashley

For the dad who loved The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson…

In 2003, after more than a decade of research, the Genome Project presented the first-ever complete and accurate human genome sequence. Seven years later, Stanford professor of medicine and genetics Dr. Euan Ashley led the team that carried out the first medical interpretation of a complete human genome. Procedures previously thought impossible — from diagnosing ultra-rare conditions to preventing diseases before they begin — are now within reach. In The Genome Odyssey, Dr. Ashley invites you on a mind-expanding journey into the past, present, and future of precision medicine, guiding you through real-life genetic mysteries and introducing you to scientists who mine the human genome for its life-saving treasures.

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad

By John O. Brennan

For the dad who loved A Promised Land by Barack Obama…

John O. Brennan has dedicated his life to civil service. He joined the CIA in 1980, rising up the ranks from analyst to chief of staff until 2013, when President Obama tapped him to be the CIA director. He’s advised presidents from Reagan to Trump, guided by the values he first learned from his Irish immigrant father. In Undaunted, Brennan unpacks his wins and losses while leading us through the halls of the CIA during some of the most pivotal moments in modern political history. From the invasion of Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden to the Russian election interference of 2016, Brennan offers an insider’s account of domestic affairs and international relations. His parting words on the future of the United States and its place in the world are powerful and timely.

Hollywood Park

By Mikel Jollett

For the dad who loved This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff…

Mikel Jollett was born into the Church of Synanon, a drug rehabilitation program turned abusive cult that practiced family separation as a means of control. He spent the first years of his life trapped inside before breaking free with his mother and older brother. Though they escaped, life outside the cult was far from easy: Poverty, emotional abuse, and addiction plagued the family. And yet, in the face of heartbreak, Jollett persevered, reconnecting with his estranged father, graduating from Stanford University, and starting his band The Airborne Toxic Event. Hollywood Park is Jollett’s moving memoir. It serves as a narrative of recovery — from a cult, from addiction, from a traumatic childhood — and a testament to the power of forgiveness.

The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides

For the dad who loved The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides…

At Cambridge University, an all-female secret society called The Maidens is thrown into disarray when a member of the group is killed. Mariana Andros, an alumna of Cambridge and a family friend of the deceased, immediately suspects Edward Fosca, Cambridge’s popular Greek tragedy professor. Not only do the Maidens have an unsettling devotion to Fosca, Fosca’s a bit too obsessed with Persephone, a maiden of Greek myth who travels to the underworld. Andros has a successful career as a therapist, and while Fosca has an alibi, she can’t shake her suspicion that he’s to blame — especially after a second body is discovered. Now Andros is prepared to risk everything to expose the truth about Fosca and stop the killer from striking again. The Maidens is the latest pulse-pounding page-turner from Alex Michaelides, author of 2019’s blockbuster thriller The Silent Patient.

A Wealth of Pigeons

By Steve Martin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

For the dad who loved The Far Side by Gary Larson…

Combine Steve Martin’s comedic brilliance with New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss’s vivid and witty artwork, and you have A Wealth of Pigeons. It’s essentially an illustrated master class in silliness, with Bliss transforming Martin’s ideas into comic strips and panels – no easy task. Included are heartwarming and hilarious anecdotes about how Martin and Bliss began working together and found their creative flow.

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