The fearless leader of Island Books, Roger Page, spends his limited free time being a dad. Here's the stuff he gets to hear at home:
“You know, dad,” his son says, ”some of my friends don’t have books in their homes. Their parents buy their kids cable TV.” This sort of talk makes Roger woozy like the ground is moving under his feet. He stumbles backwards into his cozy chair. “Well, good luck with THAT!” he exhales, before opening his book for the evening. And later, as he falls asleep, he drifts through room after room of his grandfather’s house with its piles of dusty leather books and shelves of odd volumes. The books in that house speak to him and somehow he thinks the books on his own shelves still talk, to each other, late at night, after the lights are out.
So this year, give your dad something that will really speak to him in a meaningful way, and we don't mean something electronic.