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Top 8 books for Father's Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday. Surprise dad with a thoughtful gift like a book. Here are eight books that make great Father’s Day gifts.

"The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook" edited by Peter Kaminsky and with an introduction by Mark Bittman.
Gift ideas for Father's Day from Lloyd Boston on Extra.
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Foodie dads will love “The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook” edited by Peter Kaminsky and with an introduction by Mark Bittman. It features articles and recipes on grilling and barbecue from the New York Times archives. Contributors include famous chefs Molly O’Neill, Jacques Pepin, Steven Raichlen and Marcus Samuelsson.

For baseball fans, “Pete Rose: An American Dilemma” by Kostya Kennedy is a solid pick. Dads obsessed with the controversy surrounding Pete Rose will enjoy the New York Times Bestselling author Kennedy’s well-written book. Also by Kostya Kennedy, the 2011 Casey Award-winning “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports.”

Bill Cosby’s “Fatherhood,” published in 1987, is a comedy masterpiece. If dad doesn’t already have it on his shelf, this book makes an excellent gift. Funny and insightful, Bill Cosby is a national treasure and his take on parenting is a treat.

“Dad is Fat” by comedian Jim Gaffigan also takes a humorous look at fatherhood. Gaffigan’s five children provide a wealth of comic inspiration. Dads will appreciate the observational humor.

For the socially-conscious, art-loving dad, the Monacelli Press has published “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” edited by Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The book accompanies an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. “Witness” features artwork by artists like Richard Avedon, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Gordon Parks and Andy Warhol.

Also from the Monacelli Press, “Kurt Vonnegut Drawings” introduced by Kurt’s daughter, Nanette Vonnegut, with an essay by Peter Reed and writings by Kurt Vonnegut. This volume features never-before-seen drawings by the famed writer who was also a talented graphic artist. A touring exhibition of the drawings is also planned. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut will definitely enjoy this book.

For dads who enjoy photography, the Monacelli Press offers “New New York” with photography by Jake Rajs. This hardcover presents 200 color photographs of the Big Apple. New Yorkers will appreciate this look at the city that never sleeps.

Architecture fans will enjoy “Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto” by Rem Koolhaas published by the Monacelli Press. This 320-page, paperback edition features 220 illustrations. Originally published in 1978, this influential book was redesigned and re-released in 1997. The e-book version will be released on July 1, 2014.

These books are all available online and at your favorite local bookshop.

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