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Happy Father's Day!

By a calendrical coincidence, this year's Father's Day is an especially literary one. It falls on June 16th, which is also the day that's celebrated worldwide, at least by English majors, as Bloomsday. That's the day on which Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce's Ulysses, peregrinates around Dublin, and it's the day on which Joyce's ardent fans don period garb and recreate that journey by traipsing across the city in Bloom's footsteps. On this side of the globe we just hoist a Guinness or two and affect an Irish accent for a few hours.

Ulysses has a lot to do with fatherhood, actually. Some representative quotes: 

  • A father, said Stephen, battling against hopelessness, is a necessary evil.
  • Paternity may be a legal fiction. Who is the father of any son that any son should love him or he any son?  
  • [A son's] growth is his father's decline, his youth his father's envy, his friend his father's enemy.
Sheesh. No wonder people drink on Bloomsday. Lighten up, Mr. Joyce. Maybe yours is the rare dad who wants to read a massive modernist classic about the torments of fatherhood. Not likely, though. This is a day to celebrate fathers and give them something they really want. We have some suggestions for you below.
A Delicate Truth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670014897
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Published: Viking - May 7th, 2013

Beer Makes Daddy Strong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452112084
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - March 26th, 2013

The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit Cover Image
By Adam Rapoport (Editor)
ISBN: 9781449427528
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 14th, 2013

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594205118
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - May 21st, 2013

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062133434
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Published: Harper - April 23rd, 2013

A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg (the Civil War in the West #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345527387
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2013

American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
By Red Smith, Daniel Okrent (Editor)
ISBN: 9781598532173
Availability: Special Order
Published: Library of America - May 16th, 2013

All That Is Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400043132
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

NOS4A2: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062200570
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow - April 30th, 2013

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393082067
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 6th, 2013