Gift Books for Ruth’s Dad

My Dad lives out in Kitsap county and loves to restore old classic cars, takes pride in the size of his stack of firewood (which is kind of funny, since his last name is “Woodman”), is conservative in his outlook, and now that he’s in his 80s, is slowing down and finding he has more time to read.  Book-wise, he likes true stories of courageous men and women of the past, or writing with attention to language (whether it’s Doig or Stegner’s carefully crafted and lyrical prose, or the more earthy and humorous language of Patrick McManus or John Nichols’ The Milagro Beanfield War).  A Pacific NW author or setting is a bonus.

Titles Dad has enjoyed in the past include:

higher call  dead wake  way off road  pass juneau  boys boat

A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II, by Adam Makos

Dead Wake : the Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson

Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America, by William Geist

Passage to Juneau : a sea and its meanings, by Jonathan Raban

and his favorite book of all time, The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown

As with Mom, my batting average with Dad is about .500,and likewise, I’m going with a pretty hefty stack of books (with sales receipt included), just to hedge my bets:

hell empty   driving home  bible salesman  bus wisdom   dairy queen

Hell is Empty: a Walt Longmire mystery, by Craig Johnson (this is a wild card: Dad doesn’t know about Walt Longmire yet, and I’m hoping he’ll have his socks blown off.  Walt’s laconic wit and the rugged setting ought to please him.)

Driving Home: an American Journey, by Jonathan Raban (an author Dad likes, plus a road trip.  How can this go wrong?)

The Bible Salesman, by Clyde Edgerton (another wild card– but the opening scene, with the door-to-door bible salesman having to improvise a eulogy for a dead cat, just in order to make a sale, is to die for!  I think Dad will like the regional flavor of this gentle southern author.)

The Last Bus to Wisdom, by Ivan Doig (no brainer– Dad loves anything by Doig)

Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: reflections at sixty and beyond, by Larry McMurtry (an older book, with earthy language and wry observations aplenty, and lots of curmudgeonly nostalgia.)

(Sorry Dad: Mom got 6 and you only get 5– but one of yours is a hardcover.  Don’t take it personally.)

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One response to “Gift Books for Ruth’s Dad”

  1. Coni says:

    Thank you Ruth – you saved me just in time for Christmas! Just ordered two books for my dad.

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