For Father's Day: 10 books about fatherhood
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5. Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father, by John Matteson (W.W. Norton, 512 p., $17.95) Matteson tells the odd, fascinating story of the über idealistic Bronson Alcott and the impact of his life decisions on his daughter, beloved childrens' book author Louis May Alcott. (CSM review 8/21/07)Skip to next paragraph
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6. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf Doubleday, 304 pp., $14.95) A father and son push an old grocery cart through civilization's ruins and debate ethics along the way in this dark but bracing work by National Book Award winner Cormac McCarthy. (CSM review 10/03/06)
7. The Ha-Ha, by Dave King (Little Brown, 368 pp., $13.95) With this story of a mute Vietnam vet suddenly asked to care for a 9-year-old boy, King creates a strangely lovable hero. (CSM review 1/4/05)
8. The King of Kings County, by Whitney Terrell (Penguin, 368 pp., $14) In this rueful but loving coming-of-age tale set in Kansas farm country in the 1950s, a boy wrestles with his feelings about his dad, a real estate con man. (CSM review 9/9/05)
10. The Blue Star, by Tony Earley (Back Bay Books, 336 pp., $13.99) This novel is a sequel to "Jim Boy." Both books beautifully tell the story of Jim Glass, a boy being lovingly raised by his widowed mother and a trio of uncles in Aliceville, N.C., on the eve of World War II. (CSM review 3/11/08)
Happy reading – for both you and the father in your life!
Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor's book editor.