A Fathers Day Reading Guide

“Who’s Your Daddy?”

Life Without FatherDavid PopenoeCompelling new evidence that fatherhood and marriage are indispensable for the good of children and society
The Good FatherMark O’Connell, PH.D.On Men, Masculinity, and Life in the Family
Rich Dad Poor DadWhat the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not!Robert T Kiyosaki
Teen DadsJeanne Warren LindsayFor all Young Fathers who want to be good dads – a guide to responsible and joyful parenting
King LearWilliam ShakespeareShakespeare's cautionary tale, published in 1608, about a king who promises to leave his kingdom to the daughters who love him most is a reminder that asking your offspring to compete for your affections can only lead to one thing — madness.
The Age of CharlemagneDonald BulloughCharlemagne became King of the Franks in 768 and went on to unite most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans. This led him to be considered the figurative father of Europe. He had 20 biological children during his lifetime, making him the actual father of a lot of Europe as well.
Two Lives of CharlemagneEinhard & Notker the StammererCharlemagne became King of the Franks in 768 and went on to unite most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans. This led him to be considered the figurative father of Europe. He had 20 biological children during his lifetime, making him the actual father of a lot of Europe as well.
Eve & AdamKvam, Schearing & ZieglerWhen he ate the apple, the man who was destined to be father of all mankind established a behavior exhibited in dads throughout the ages — "do whatever your mother tells me to."
Saving Adam SmithJonathan B. Wight The Scottish economist published "The Wealth of onto the heart and mind of every living, breathing human being.
Scott Fitzgerald: A BiographyJeffery MeyersIn a 1933 letter to his 11-year-old daughter Scottie, F. Scott Fitzgerald produced for his son a poignant and wise list of things to worry, not worry, and think about: “What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to: (a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?” That’s a good dad!
The Reagan DiariesRonald ReaganDays before 26-year-old Michael Reagan’s wedding in June of 1971, would-be U.S. President Ronald Reagan sent him this thoughtful and strikingly honest letter of marital advice: “Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.” That’s a good dad!
Oedipus Lowell EdmundsThe story of a man destined to kill his father and marry his mother suggests there's no escaping one's fate as a dad.
Life is Beautiful DVD - Miramax Collector’s EditionIn 1930s Italy a bumbling Jewish waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he Nations," in 1776, and became the universally acknowledged father of capitalism and modern economics. He never had children, and who can blame him — it is undoubtedly difficult to conceive an economic theory and children at the same time.
A Christmas CarolCharles DickensBob Cratchit, Father of the sickly Tiny Tim, employee of the terrible Scrooge, poor Cratchit had it rough there for a while. But thanks to those three Christmas ghosts, at least he got a free Christmas turkey in the end.
To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper LeeThe main character in Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," published in 1960, is dignified, honest, smart and caring. Too bad he was a work of fiction.
I Am OzzyOzzy Ozbourne Heavy metal dad Ozzy Osbourne allowed the world a peek into his surprisingly mundane domestic life with his wife Sharon and kids Kelly and Jack (his eldest daughter, Aimee, refused to participate). Osbourne seemed stoned throughout the filming of the show, and later revealed to a media outlet that, in fact, he was.
Steinbeck, Novels and Stores 1932-1937John SteinbeckNobel laureate John Steinbeck was a prolific and eloquent letter-writer. Among his correspondence is this beautiful response to his eldest son Thom’s 1958 letter, in which the teenage boy confesses to have fallen desperately in love with a girl named Susan while at boarding school. Steinbeck’s words of wisdom — tender, optimistic, timeless, infinitely sagacious — should be etched loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. But that life is threatened by World War
Liar LiarDVD - Universal PicturesFletcher Reed is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max blows out the candles on his fifth birthday cake, he has just one wish-- that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When Max's wish comes true, Fletcher discovers that his biggest asset-- his mouth-- has become his biggest liability.
Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back DVD – Lucas Film, LTD. As Darth Vader, a half human, half cyborg who relishes his attempts to control the galaxy, Anakin Skywalker was the deadbeat dad. He waited years before entering the lives of his children, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and when he did, his involvement was mostly as a sinister dark overlord attempting to kill them. So the next time your father cuts off your driving privileges, just be glad he didn't cut off your hand and immediately reveal the paternity-test results.
Pride and PrejudiceJane AustenMr. Bennett, the father of a gaggle of daughters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," published in 1813, Mr. Bennett is the iconic distracted dad who retired to his study whenever the conversation turned too silly for him to bear. But he wasn't uncaring — he was there to offer wise advice when his elder (and more grounded) daughters needed him.