Fathers and Sons

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green

By Joshua Braff

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"A hilarious and heartbreaking novel about the unreasonable expectations a narcissistic father places on his less-than-perfect son."

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A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor

By Truman Capote

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These three works, considered by many to be the author's finest short stories, tell of childhood encounters with his estranged father, the school bully, and an eccentric old maid cousin. A Christmas Memory is also avaliable on video.

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Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the United States Marine Corps

By Frank Schaeffer

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In 1998, Frank Schaeffer was a successful novelist living in "Volvo-driving, higher-education worshipping" Massachusetts with two children graduated from top universities. Then his youngest child, straight out of high school, joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Written in alternating voices by eighteen-year-old John and his father, Frank, Keeping Faith takes readers in riveting fashion through a family’s experience of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

By Norman MacLean

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It was a terrific movie. It's an even better book. Norman Maclean's tale of his family's estrangement and coming together ripples along, as sure and memorable as the Blackfoot River.

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Just Like Daddy

By Frank Asch

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A very young bear describes all the activities he does during the day that are just like his daddy's. JE Fic Asc
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Ironman

By Chris Crutcher

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While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his relationship with his father.
 

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

By Robert M. Pirsig

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Phaedrus, our narrator, takes a present-tense cross-country motorcycle trip with his son during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how we can unify the cold, rational realm of technology with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry. As in Zen, the trick is to become one with the activity, to engage in it fully, to see and appreciate all details--be it hiking in the woods, penning an essay, or tightening the chain on a motorcycle.

 

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Foster's War

By Carolyn Reeder

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When World War II comes to San Diego, eleven-year-old Foster must say good-bye to his big brother who is going to fight one kind of war while Foster remains behind to face his father's rage and try to help the war effort as best he can.

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A Perfect Father's Day

By Eve Bunting

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When four-year-old Susie treats her father to a series of special activities for Father's Day, they just happen to be all of her own favorite things.

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

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Dad and Me in the Morning

By Patricia Lakin

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A deaf boy and his father share a special time as they watch the sun rise at the beach.

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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