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Quirk’s Gift Guide to a Book-Filled Father’s Day


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Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has snuck up on us this year, but no need to panic purchase another random tchotchke! It will only collect dust or get totally, unintentionally misplaced. Instead, give our latest list of Father’s Day book recommendations a scroll, and make this year’s celebration a book-filled one.

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For the Horror & True Crime Obsessed:

The Ultimate Evil: The Search for the Sons of Sam by Maury Terry with new introduction from Joshua Zeman

The true-crime cult classic that inspired the Netflix docuseries The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness and a companion podcast, The Ultimate Evil follows journalist Maury Terry’s decades-long investigation into the terrifying truth behind the Son of Sam murders.

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Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman

Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday—but Sean does . . .

Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table . . . and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean’s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation—and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.

Now, thirty years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.

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Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World’s Most Infamous Items by J. W. Ocker

These strange but true stories of the world’s most infamous items will appeal to true believers as well as history buffs, horror fans, and anyone who loves a good spine-tingling tale. Many of these unfortunate items have intersected with some of the most notable events and people in history, leaving death and destruction in their wake. In this fascinating and chilling volume, these eerie oddities include Annabelle the Doll, the Dybbuk box, the Conjured Chest, the Ring of Silvianus, and so much more!

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix

Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix, offers killer commentary and witty insight on 1970s and ’80s trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby.

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For the Pop Culture Fans:

The Big Book of Mars: From Ancient Egypt to The Martian, A Deep-Space Dive into Our Obession with the Red Planet by Marc Hartzman

Filled with entertaining history, archival images, pop culture ephemera, and interviews with NASA scientists, The Big Book of Mars is the most comprehensive look at our relationship with Mars—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set by Ian Doescher

Experience the Star Wars saga reimagined as an Elizabethan drama penned by William Shakespeare himself, complete with authentic meter and verse, and theatrical monologues and dialogue by everyone from Darth Vader to R2D2. Includes all three New York Times best-selling volumes in the original trilogy (Verily, A New HopeThe Empire Striketh Back; and The Jedi Doth Return) as well as an 8-by-34-inch full-color poster illustrating the complete cast and company.

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Giraffes on Horseback Salad by Josh Frank; adapted with Tim Heidecker; and illustrated by Manuela Pertega

The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and lost-film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, and Dali’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he’s re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory.

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Back to the Future by Kim Smith

This story illustrated by Kim Smith captures all the classic moments of the film through fun and kid-friendly illustrations. Follow teenage Marty McFly as he travels from 1985 to 1955, meets his parents (as teenagers), and teaches his father how to stand up to bullies. Complete with a time-traveling DeLorean, a mad scientist companion, and a lightning-fueled finale, this is the perfect book for kids, parents, and anyone looking to go back in time.

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Redemption: Reflections on Creating a Better World words by Bob Marley; curated by Cedella Marley

Filled with quotes from Bob Marley’s speeches, interviews, writings and song lyrics, Marley’s eldest daughter, Cedella Marley, creates a powerful narrative about the hard but rewarding path to redemption. At a time when we need exemplary heroes, this illustrated collection is sure to resonate with fans of his music and political activism.

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For the How-To Driven Dads:

Stuff Every Dad Should Know by Brett Cohen

This handy little book is filled with all the fail-safe fatherhood tips and tricks a dad needs. From changing diapers and burping babies to building sand castles and hosting a sleepover party, this book is the perfect gift for everything from baby showers to Father’s Day.

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Stuff Every Beer Snob Should Know by Ellen Goldstein

Whether you prefer light lagers or hearty stouts, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide from how to taste beer like a pro, store beer, pair beer with food, and drink locally. It’s the perfect gift for the homebrewer, craft beer lover, or anyone who appreciates a good pint.

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Stuff Every Golfer Should Know by Brian Bertoldo

From calculating your handicap and playing in the rain and wind to course etiquette and golfing with kids, this pocked-sized handbook is a perfect gift for dads looking to get their golf lifestyle up to par.  

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For Past Years’ Guides:

  

Need more gift ideas? See our past years’ recommendation lists to see more!

 

For E-Book Deals:

  

Is your father figure more of a digital copy reader? No worries! Here’s some e-book deals running from 6/13-6/21/21:

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