Okay look: Father's Day sneaks up on you. It's in the summer, when we're settled into our laziest routines and it's hot and we're tired and we're dreaming of the beach. If you forgot, or just "remembered late," these new books are perfect last-minute Father's Day gifts. Because you should definitely remind your dad how much he means to you. And a shiny new book is always a great present.
The first Father's Day was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane, Wash., after Sonora Smart Dodd heard a Mother's Day sermon in church and decided her single father, a Civil War veteran who raised six children, deserved some praise, too. Though it took a number of years to catch on, President Calvin Coolidge voices his support for the holiday in 1924, in hopes of fostering stronger bonds between father and their children, and impressing upon fathers the full extent of their duties (LOL).
Today, it's often associated with stereotypical "Dad" activities: baseball! Outdoor grilling! Fun conversations about military history and, like, boats or something! But this year, give Pops some credit: he was a person before you came along. His identity hasn't always been dictated by your existence, my dudes. He has a whole range of interests. Get to know one (or several), peruse this list of new literary releases, and give him the gift of knowledge. He'll be the coolest one at the block party, I promise.