Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate dad for all he’s done, but getting him the perfect gift can be tricky. Here’s some ideas.


Father’s Day is this weekend, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, gift options such as travel or experiences are limited.

Even if you wanted to buy Dad a tie, is it really standard business attire in the virtual workplace? How about showing Dad (or other father figures in your life) some love with a good book. Books, after all, pique curiosity and indulges interests, and aren’t those the perfect gifts?

We’ve rounded up a variety of books – including standouts from our 2020 book reviews and titles that continue to make an impact on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list – that are sure to please on Father’s Day.

For the dad who loves literature: Colson Whitehead’s most recent works have spent months on the USA TODAY’s Best-Sellers list, and if your dad has not read Whitehead’s books, now is the time. The author’s book “The Underground Railroad,” released in 2016, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His most recent book, 2019’s “The Nickel Boys,” the story of two black youths who experience abuse at a juvenile reform school in the Jim Crow-era South, won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Read the review.

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For the history buff dad: Aug. 15 will be the 75th anniversary of the allied force’s victory over Japan. Dick Lehr’s artfully woven book “Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and his Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor,” focuses on the attack that resulted in the United States entering the global conflict. According to a ★★★½ review by David Holahan for USA TODAY, “(Lehr) tells this white-knuckle tale and sheds new light on an important, albeit little-remembered turning point in the war.” Read the review.

For the dad who is a fan of the classics: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee features arguably the all-time-greatest literary dad, Atticus Finch. So it is the perfect book to share with your own father on Father’s Day. With its constant presence on best-sellers list, this title never goes out of style, and that is what makes it a classic.

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For the dad who likes a good mystery: In “Eight Perfect Murders” author Peter Swanson summons several classic whodunnits into a new and engaging story. In the book, not long after the protagonist, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw, compiles a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, the FBI comes knocking on his door investigating a series of murders that are eerily similar. In a ★★★ review for USA TODAY,  Don Oldenburg called the book an “engagingly original psychological suspense novel.” Read the review.

For the self-improvement dad: Chances are if your dad is into self-help, he will gladly take advice rather than give it. And in “Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones,” author James Clear offers advice on improving one’s life, breaking bad habits and creating good habits one small change at a time. The book has repeatedly returned to theUSA TODAY Best-Sellers list since the book’s publication in 2018. 

For the socially conscious dad: Ibram X. Kendi‘s book “How to be an Anti-Racist” y looks at what racism is and how as a nation we knowingly and unknowingly support policies that perpetuate it. The book is one of the top-selling books on race that have exploded on the Best-Sellers list since the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

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