Father’s Day

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day? The right book will make your dad, husband, brother, uncle or friend laugh, allow him to travel around the globe from his favorite armchair, and expand his horizons. Visit Midtown Reader this week so that our booksellers can help you find a great read for a great Dad! Here are some of our favorite selections for Father’s Day:

The President is Missing, Bill Clinton & James Patterson

The President Is Missing confronts a threat that jeopardizes not only Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street—but the entire country. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyber-terror, espionage, and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view.

Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is an authentic and terrifying novel.

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History, Mike Pesca

How would the world change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way?

Sports are notoriously games of inches, and when we conjure the thought of certain athletes, we can't help but apply a mental tape measure to the highlight reels of our minds. Players, coaches, and fans obsess over plays when they ask, "What if?"

Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios where dozens of writers, athletes, and historians provide sports fans with expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head and the resulting ripples are carefully documented. From turning points that make every sports fan cringe or celebrate to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Review answers age old questions and settles the score.

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road, Finn Murphy

More than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then, he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, The Long Haul whisks readers down I-95, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains.

Not only does Murphy offer a trucker's view of America, he also provides his readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in "the movers." As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts what he has seen change over the decades and tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job, reflecting on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, Kevin Hart

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero. But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes us on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he's overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

The Outsider, Stephen King

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens—Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls.

Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son was coached by Maitland, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, Michael Chabon

For the September 2016 issue of GQ, Michael Chabon wrote a piece about accompanying his son, Abraham Chabon, then 13, to Men's Fashion Week in Paris. Possessed with a precocious sense of style, Abe was in his element, chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season. Chabon Sr., whose interest in clothing stops at "thrift-shopping for vintage western shirts or Hermès neckties," sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the impulse that the whole thing was a massive waste of time. Despite his own indifference, however, what gradually emerged as Chabon ferried his son to and from fashion shows was a deep respect for his son's passion. With the GQ story as its centerpiece, and featuring six additional essays plus an introduction, Pops illuminates the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood.

Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, James R. Clapper & Trey Brown

While serving as President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for over 6 years, James Clapper led the U.S. intelligence community through the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election.

In Facts and Fears, Clapper traces his career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. Facts and Fears offers a privileged look inside the U.S. intelligence community and addresses some of the most difficult challenges in our nation's history.

A Different Pond, Bao Phi

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event—a long-ago fishing trip that delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son—and between cultures, old and new.