Looking for the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s day? Look no further than the comforting pages of a great book. Check out these 5 recommendations from Peachy Books: from uplifting non-fiction to hilarious satire to dystopian fiction to the thrills of baseball, you are sure to find something to match your Dad’s taste in this succinct yet comprehensive list of great books!
Crossroads: is the true story of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team’s bus crash that rocked the nation with sadness and compassion, as parents across this great land recognised how this story could have been theirs. This beautifully written account by Kaleb Dahlgren, one of the brave survivours of this heartbreaking tragedy, highlights the strength and resilience that the Canadian hockey team now signifies.
The author will donate a portion of his proceeds from this book to STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service)
“…Dad knew that my hockey dream was likely impossible. With diabetes, a future in the game was probably not in the cards for me. It broke my parents’ hearts to know that their son’s dream could end so young.
But we spent the next decades together – Dad, Mom, and I – proving the impossible wrong.”
Crossroads: My Story Of Tragedy And Resilience As A Humboldt Bronco by Kaleb Dahlgren
After the pandemic isolation that we have all been met with over the last 16 months, this might be a book that the whole family could benefit from. Atomic Habits is an uplifting, self-help guide to making the changes that are needed to reach personal goals and live the best life possible.
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.”
Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way To Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
A hilarious work of historical satire, that points to the corruption, greed and absurdity to be found within the military complex. Catch-22 is an anti-war story for the ages, that’s sure to have your Dad chuckling from start to finish.
“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”
“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.
“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.”
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
There is no other piece of fiction that I can think of that better predicted the world that we find ourselves in today, than Brave New World. Touted as one of the best books ever written, be sure to borrow it after he’s done, because this is one book you don’t want to miss.
“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sports fans will love this heartwarming story about dedication, and the importance of family and friendship. It’s clear that Chad Harbach knows baseball, as The Art of Fielding is a well-written work of fiction, and whether he is a tepid fan, or an expert coach, your Dad will eagerly fly through these pages to the story’s victorious end.
“You told me once that a soul isn’t something a person is born with but something that must be built, by effort and error, study and love. And you did that with more dedication than most, that work of building a soul-not for your own benefit but for the benefit of those that knew you.”
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach