Father's Day is coming up quickly (Sunday, June 18)! If shopping for your Dad is a challenge, we have a few book suggestions to help:
1. For the mystery fan
Straw Man, by veteran mystery writer Gerry Boyle, won the 2017 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction and is said to be one of the best of the Jack McMorrow series. A thinking person's mystery, the thrilling story takes readers into territory ripped from today's headlines — illegal gun sales, culture clashes between old and new, cyberbullying, and the random violence that poses a threat to even the closest of communities. Prosperity, Maine is no longer the refuge from the real world that it once was, and Jack, and his wife, Roxanne, will be forced to face what might be their most destructive enemy yet—each other.
2. For the Dad who loves history
Forever Yours Bar Harbor, which features historic postcard images of Mount Desert Island and Acadia, is a favorite among Maine travelers who want to delve deeper into the area's fascinating past. Written by Earl Brechlin, a Bar Harbor resident, registered Maine Guide and editor of Mount Desert Islander, the book provides illuminating details, tidbits of Maine lore, and information about how modern day Mount Desert Island compares with each scenic postcard.
3. For the vintage car lover
Called "a book of treasures" by an Amazon reviewer, photographer David Hill's Full Service explores the woods and back roads of Maine, where he finds beautiful and largely forgotten cars from the "golden age" of the automobile. Beautiful, to Hill, doesn't mean fresh paint and polished chrome. It means cars and trucks with stories to tell and histories to share. Complete with memorable images and personal essays, Full Service chronicles Hill's journey back to the past, to give these worn and weathered pieces of Americana a chance to be remembered.
4. For the Dad who appreciates craft brews
Buzzed taps into New England’s burgeoning craft beer industry, coffeehouse culture, and new world of craft distilling. With an everyman perspective and sharp wit, award-winning food and travel writer Erik Ofgang takes readers on a tour of New England’s booming craft beverage scene. Focusing on craft beverage clusters — areas where breweries, distilleries, and coffeehouses can be found in close proximity to one another —Buzzed is packed with inside information gathered from brewers and distillers, as well as bar trivia facts, historical tidbits, and Ofgang’s smart observations.
5. For the Dad with young children
Hold This!, an award-winning picture book written by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone and illustrated by Priscilla Alpaugh, is a story with heart. A girl named Mika and her dad go for a walk, experiencing the sensory wonder of the woods. As Mika asks her father to hold her found treasures, he urges her to carry only what she is able to hold. With every step, Mika discovers more and more, and learns to pick herself up after a fall. But the real discovery for Mika and her father arrives at the end of their walk, when they realize the best treasure is a hand to hold. This is the perfect book for dads to read with their children.
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