Thursday, June 18, 2009

Father's Day Book Recommendations - Part 1

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 21st. In these tough economic times, it may not be possible to get Dad an extravagant gift. That doesn't mean it can't be meaningful or special. From today till Sunday, I'll be posting some book recommendation for Dads. Remember - Books are friends who never judge!
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Whether he admits it or not...Dad does not want another tie, so why not surprise him with something different this year! If your dad is a goof-ball, brainiac, domestic diva, overachiever, or simply likes to have fun then this book is the perfect gift for him.


This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go (St. Martin's Griffin) by HP Newquist and Rich Maloof is sure to fascinate, repel, and knock the socks off dad! This book offers a light, humorous look at the many ways in which humans bite the dust. Explore the deathly detailed facts about what happens to the body when it's struck by lightening, slimed by a frog, or flung from a mountain top.

No other book has ever peeked under the Grim Reaper's robe in such a straightforward and irreverent way. With a foreword by a physician at the Mayo Clinic , an afterword by a funeral director, lists of history’s most notable deaths, and a unique death rating system, everything you need to know about the ways in which we go are included in these pages.

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Make Dad feel young again with this nostalgic look at music and Hollywood in Vic Damone's Singing Was the Easy Part.


Vic Damone was one of the greatest crooners in the American songbook for over sixty years. In Singing Was the Easy Part, Damone tells the whole story of his life from his near-whacking after he broke off his engagement to the daughter of a mob boss, to his succession of marriages to beautiful women, to his life in Hollywood making such films as "Kismet" with Vincent Minnelli (who harangued him throughout the film) and "Athena" with Debbie Reynolds (Judy Garland interviewed him, by the way, for his first screen test), to his two television series - "The Vic Damone Show" and "The Lively Ones".

Damone talks frankly about his bankruptcy, his many marriages and his belief in God, which kept him going throughout the tough times. The vignettes along the way are priceless: getting drunk with Ava Gardner at Chasen's; golfing with George Burns and Jack Benny; taking a nude chorus girl into the steam room of the Sands Hotel where the rat pack were relaxing between shows, and much more.

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If your Dad is a religious history buff, then Phillip DePoy's The King James Conspiracy is the book for him as it brings little-known facts about the English Bible to his exhilarating new novel.


In seventeenth century England, a group of scholars is charged by King James I with creating a definitive English translation of the Bible. But in Rome, the Pope not only opposes the translation, he demands those who attempt it be eliminated. And when one of the scholars is brutally murdered, a conspiracy is set into motion that threatens the lives of the translators and the words of the Bible itself.

As tensions run high, the need for these men to protect themselves and their work becomes ever more important and Deacon Marbury, the man in charge of the group, seeks outside assistance to investigate the murder. But the people who offer to help Marbury -- masked men with assumed names -- are not who they claim to be. What’s more, the man they send to Marbury, Brother Timon, has a secret past, much blood on his hands, and is an agent for those forces that wish to halt the translation itself.

But as more scholars are slain by the unknown killer, Brother Timon becomes torn between his loyalties. Soon, an even greater crisis looms as ancient and alarming secrets are revealed—secrets dating back to the earliest days of Christianity--that threaten the most basic of its closely held beliefs.

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