A Guy's Summer Book Guide
Whether you're looking for a last-minute gift for the hip dad in your life, heading out on vacation and need a great male beach book, or simply want the guy in your life to pick up something other than the remote, we've got you covered.
Check out these six fantastic books your man (or your hipster dad) might love to read. And you might like them, too.
6 Books for COOL Guys and HIP Dads
1. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Set during the dot-com bubble at an unnamed Chicago advertising firm, the book is a hilarious romp of cubicle culture -- office gossip, ridiculous pranks, free food in the breakroom. It's a great view of how work becomes your dysfunctional family -- a la The Office but so much more.
2. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The dad in the Foxman family has passed away, and the adult children return home to sit Shiva for seven days together. Old sibling rivalries, marriage issues, sex, love and enemies all surface and make for a messy, funny, sad and delicious read.
This comic collection of essays is perfect for the guy who longs for the carefree days of hanging out in a bar and feeling like he belongs there, but who now has a minivan-driving wife, kids and a mortgage. Part how-to advice and part how-not-to narrative, The Accidental Adult will have you laughing, remembering the good ol' days and realizing that "older" doesn't have to mean "lamer."
Also recommended: Not sure if you or your man are accidental adults or assimilated adults (those who embrace the responsiblity of adulthood)? Take this fun adult aptitude quiz to find out. And read some cool stuff our favorite chick lit bloggers, Liz and Lisa, found out when they spent Seven seconds in heaven with The Accidental Adult.
Years go by, and Holly gets married to a womanizer. Peter gets married, too. Lightning strikes, literally, and everyone's lives are changed. It's an amazing story about missed opportunities, second chances and lost love. Picked as one of our hot summer beach reads, Beginner's Greek appeals to the romantic in all of us, male or female. You'll laugh, you'll cry (okay, maybe he won't cry), and you'll pass it on to your best friend, boyfriend/husband and back again.
Also recommended: The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Italian author and mathemetician Paolo Giordano, which has become an international sensation. A fascinating story of two lonely people whose lives intersect in their youth and again as adults but who may be destined to be alone.
5. War by Sebastian Junger
War is a riveting insider look at combat thanks to Junger's superb, exciting writing and the fact that he spent 14 months embedded with a platoon in one of the most conflicted parts of Afghanistan.
Junger experiences first-hand everything these soldiers do and writes vividly about it -- from roadside bombings to ambushes to the thrill these soldiers experience in combat and their fierce loyalty to their unit. War is an incredibly exciting book about combat and the soldiers fighting this war who are willing to die for a cause and for each other.
Also recommended: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, which have become the hottest books on the planet, according to Entertainment Weekly, with 40 million copies sold. Hollywood is stepping in for movie adaptations, too. These are the hottest books since the Twilight series. Better get reading.
6. One Day by David Nicholls
Over a 20-year span, One Day reveals snapshots of that relationship on the same day each year -- July 15th. It's super funny, moving, smart and a fast read. You know, for the guy who likes a fast ...read.
And girls, you'll like it, too, though you may be a bit disappointed that it's over so soon because Dex and Em stay with you after the last page.
Also recommended: Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby, which is about regret, the all-too fast passage of time and mid-life crisis. Hornby gets back to his music roots in this quick, fun read.
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