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Top Ten Father’s Day Books (2013)

1 . Vader’s Little Princess (Star Wars) by  Jeffrey Brown   In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller “Darth Vader and Son,” Vader–Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire–now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager.

 

2. Darth Vader and Son (Star Wars) by Jeffrey Brown   A hilarious re-imagining of what it would be like if Darth Vader had taken an active role in raising his son Luke, with a refreshing twist and illustrations. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, and more.

 

3.  Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: Projects You Can Build for (and With) Your Kids! by Scott Bedford   From the Snail Soup Can Decoy to keep the candy stash safe to the Customizable Keep Out Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents, Bedford presents 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero.

 

4.  Dan Gets a Minivan: (Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad) by  Dan Zevin  A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, “Dan Gets a Minivan “provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either, fasten your seat belt and prepare to crack up.

The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan Zevin has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and then there was a puppy. A home was purchased in New England. A wife was promoted and transferred to New York. A town house. A new baby boy. A new baby girl. A full-time dad was born. A prescription for Xanax was filled. Gray hairs appeared; gray hairs fell out. Six years passed in six seconds. And then came the minivan.

5.  E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White  In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White’s various canine companions.

 

6.  Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon   In his first sustained work of personal writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon offers these provocative, autobiographical essays–a series of reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter in the present.

 

7.  Saturday Is Dadurday by Robin Pulver,  (Author), R.W. Alley (Illustrator)  For Mimi, the best day of the week is always SaturdayNor, as she calls it, “Dadurday”Nbecause she gets to spend it with just her Dad. But when Dad gets a new work schedule, “Dadurday” is ruined. Can Mimi find a way to still make it a special day for her and dad? Full color.

 

8. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-To-Be by Armin Brott and Jennifer Ash  This indispensable book explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during his partner’s pregnancy. Written in an easy-to-absorb format and filled with sound advice and practical tips for men on such topics as, how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, and how to start a college fund. It reassures, commiserates, and informs.

 

9. Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison  The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son–complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble. (This is Augusten Burroughs’ brother.)

 

10.  Pocket Ref by Thomas Glover  Among the many topics covered in this handy, pocket-sized guide are air and gases, carpentry and construction, pipes, pumps, computers, electronics, geology, math, surveying and mapping, and weights and measures. Includes tables, charts, drawings, lists & formulas. (also available in Spanish)

#1 Vader’s Little Princess (Star Wars) by  Jeffrey Brown In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller “Darth Vader and Son,” Vader–Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire–now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager.

 

#2 Darth Vader and Son (Star Wars) by Jeffrey Brown   A hilarious re-imagining of what it would be like if Darth Vader had taken an active role in raising his son Luke, with a refreshing twist and illustrations. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, and more.

 

#3 Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: Projects You Can Build for (and With) Your Kids! by
Scott Bedford   From the Snail Soup Can Decoy to keep the candy stash safe to the Customizable Keep Out Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents, Bedford presents 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero.

 

#4 Dan Gets a Minivan: (Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad) by  Dan Zevin  A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, “Dan Gets a Minivan “provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either, fasten your seat belt and prepare to crack up.

The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan Zevin has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and then there was a puppy. A home was purchased in New England. A wife was promoted and transferred to New York. A town house. A new baby boy. A new baby girl. A full-time dad was born. A prescription for Xanax was filled. Gray hairs appeared; gray hairs fell out. Six years passed in six seconds. And then came the minivan.

#5 E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White  In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White’s various canine companions.

 

#6 Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by   Michael Chabon   In his first sustained work of personal writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon offers these provocative, autobiographical essays–a series of reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter in the present.

 

#7  Saturday Is Dadurday by Robin Pulver,  (Author), R.W. Alley (Illustrator)  For Mimi, the best day of the week is always SaturdayNor, as she calls it, “Dadurday”Nbecause she gets to spend it with just her Dad. But when Dad gets a new work schedule, “Dadurday” is ruined. Can Mimi find a way to still make it a special day for her and dad? Full color.

 

#8 The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-To-Be by Armin Brott and Jennifer Ash  This indispensable book explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during his partner’s pregnancy. Written in an easy-to-absorb format and filled with sound advice and practical tips for men on such topics as, how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, and how to start a college fund. It reassures, commiserates, and informs.

 

#9. Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison.  The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son–complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble. (This is Augusten Burroughs’ brother.)

 

#10 Pocket Ref by Thomas Glover.  Among the many topics covered in this handy, pocket-sized guide are air and gases, carpentry and construction, pipes, pumps, computers, electronics, geology, math, surveying and mapping, and weights and measures. Includes tables, charts, drawings, lists & formulas.

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