Happy Father’s Day!

Yes, we’ve got some great books (and movies) about fathers and sons, and daughters, too. Here’s just a sample.  Enjoy!

Letters to father

Sister Maria Celeste corresponds with her father, Galileo Galilei. A unique introduction to a brilliant family.

Father's Soul

In 1953, Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary. In 1996, his son, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, also climbed the mountain. Publisher’s Weekly says, “Norgay’s clever weaving of the parallel stories of his climb and his father’s enriches an already gripping tale.”  This is also the first modern tale of ascent from the indigenous people who revere the sacred mountain.

The Way

Here is another story about fathers, sons, and spirituality. After his son dies in the Pyrenees, Tom decides to complete his pilgrimage. He will carry his son’s ashes from France to to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. A sad, funny, touching and memorable film.

loyal son

Commenting on this book, bestselling author Lynne Olson says, “This poignant, absorbing portrait of Benjamin Franklin and his son William is a powerful reminder that America’s fight for independence was also an agonizing civil war, in this case pitting a father against his beloved son.”

lost in place

Mark Salzman’s hilarious memoir about growing up in small-town Connecticut is about a lot of things– perhaps most obviously, Kung Fu. But at the heart of it is Mark’s father. Joe Salzman, pessimist, social worker, and passionate amateur astronomer, emerges as a vivid character. In his dedication, Mark says that his father enjoyed the book but “felt that my portrayal of him was inaccurate. I put him, he complained, in an excessively positive light”.

Breaking Away

A father-son relationship is also at the heart of the classic sports movie Breaking Away. Dave, growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Bloomington, Indiana, is obsessed with all things Italian, including bicycle racing. His father, a down-to-earth car salesman, doesn’t understand his son at all. But that doesn’t keep him from supporting Dave at crucial points in the story. Funny, touching, and inspirational, this is a great movie for all ages.

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Author: maryj59

A librarian and writer from New England.

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