Father’s Day with Scribd: Books About Dads, For Dads, and By Dads

Being a father means different things for different people. For many, it means raising a child. For others, it means providing guidance. In either case, if you’re lucky, you’ve had a strong father figure present in your life to help guide you, advise you, and care for you. No matter how you define it, being a father is an incredibly noble pursuit. 

That’s why it’s no surprise that so many amazing books are written for, about, and by great fathers. This Father’s Day, we’ve decided to collect some of our favorite dad-themed books. These selections are the perfect way to celebrate all of the things that make fatherhood so special.

Paddle Your Own Canoe

It’s hard to think of someone who embodies traditional masculine qualities better than Nick Offerman—better known as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. In Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman provides advice on growing the perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman and, yes, building your very own canoe. It’s a humorous read that offers real-world advice on being your own man.

Sh*t My Dad Says

Don’t let the title fool you: This book is an earnest exploration of the now ubiquitous “dad joke.” Oddly enough, this book started as a simple Twitter account, in which the author would tweet out real things that his dad had said. The tweets are hilarious and outrageous, especially when read completely void of context. It’s that kind of brutal honesty that makes Sh*t My Dad Says a heartwarming take on the relationship between a father and son.

The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart’s book on the relationship between plants and drinks combines history with mixology to create an authoritative text on the flowers, fruits, fungi, herbs and trees from which your favorite alcohols originated. One of life’s greatest pleasures is kicking back and enjoying a drink with dear-old-dad, which is what makes this book a great Father’s Day read.

Born Standing Up

Everyone loves stand up comedy, especially dads. Steve Martin is one of the most famous (or, depending on who you’re talking to, most infamous) stand up acts that the world has ever seen. He was one of the most famous comedians in the world in the late ’70s and early ’80s, which makes his sudden disappearance from the stand up scene such a confusing one. This books tells Martin’s story—in his own words—and follows his early career, booming success, and eventual isolation. 

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

No, this isn’t a manual on how to build and maintain a motorcycle. Instead, it’s something so much more. The story follows a summer motorcycle trip taken by a father and his son. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an absurdly beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. It’s one of those rare books that transcends its own content to become something more: a way of life.

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