Books for dads-to-be could just be the perfect gift to prepare him for the monumental challenges that lie ahead. Yet, fatherhood is a journey filled with joy, frustrations, disappointment, and at times, confusion. It is a beautiful experience, and if it is not talked about enough – dads play an essential role in one’s childhood and unexpectedly, during adulthood too. It is an unending path of guidance coupled with warmth, as told by the following authors.
Patrimony by Philip Roth
Based on the author’s experience, this compulsively readable and excruciating memoir is written about Roth’s eighty-six-year-old father – famous for his vigour, charm, and his repertoire of Newark collections – who battles with a life-threatening brain tumour. The son, full of love, anxiety and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long and stubborn engagement with life.
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Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood by Matteo Bussola
Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola, their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, Melania, and their two dogs. For two years, he’s been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. It covers topics like aching nostalgia, pizza as an expression of parental love, and the wisdom of kids.
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Twenty-four years after her first novel, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart. Told in the form of a father’s letter to his son, this novel unfolds several generations of history in the Midwest.
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Grief Is The thing With Feathers by Max Porter
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – an antagonist, a trickster, healer and babysitter. It is a memoir of bereavement told in pitch-perfect prose that is playful, meditative and painfully humorous, one for the dads out there who grapple with parenting.
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The New Dad’s Survival Guide by Scott Mactavish
Written for dads by dads. Just like it sounds, this straightforward and often tongue-in-cheek guide gives practical advice ranging from notes on sex and sleep deprivation to facts, tips and pointers on daily dealings with baby pee, poo and other bodily functions. A fun read that is definitely a necessity for dads-to-be.