Recommended by Bunch of Grapes
“Francona: The Red Sox Years” by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy – Terry Francona was the manager of the Boston Red Sox from 2004 to 2011. He led the Sox to two World Series Championships, including the 2004 win that broke the 86-year “curse.” This is an entertaining narrative about those years, full of amusing anecdotes, stories of relationships and secrets that have never been told before. Despite the highs and lows, Francona never lost sight of his great love: baseball.
Recommended by Edgartown Books
“Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun” by Ken Denmead – Blogger and DIY dad Ken Denmead teaches readers how to create fun weekend science projects that are perfect activities for the whole family. With projects ranging from building home robots to creating and directing stop-motion movies, the possibilities for weekend creations are endless!
“Bunker Hill” by Nathaniel Philbrick – A must-have for fans of Nathaniel Philbrick and those interested in New England history. Philbrick chronicles the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Boston confrontation that sparked the American Revolution. Introducing readers to new characters of the Revolution and reacquainting them with familiar ones, Philbrick recounts history in such a way that Bunker Hill is sure to appeal to readers of all genres.
“The Inferno” by Dan Brown – Robert Langdon, protagonist of the best-selling series including “The DaVinci Code” and “The Lost Symbol,” returns in Brown’s newest thriller, set in Italy. Langdon is drawn into a mystery surrounding the mysterious literary classic, Dante’s Inferno. Fans of Brown’s previous work will be equally engaged by Brown’s fusion of history, art, symbols, and codes to create an intricate, compelling mystery.
“My Dad Thinks He’s Funny” by Katrina Germein – A fun children’s picture book that illustrates how funny (and frustrating) dads can be in the eyes of their children. When his son says “I’m hungry,” Dad says, “Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you.” Or Dad replies to his son’s complaint of his foot hurting with, “No problem. You’ve got another.” The playful dynamic between father and son will entertain children and parents alike. especially when they read this book together.
“The Outsider” by Jimmy Connors – The memoir of Jimmy Connors, the “original bad boy of tennis,” who transformed the sport in the 1970s with his aggressive, defiant style. After 20 years out of the spotlight, Connors returns in this memoir to tell the uncensored story of his life and career.
Recommended by Book Den East
“My Old Man And The Sea” by David and Daniel Hays – This story recounts the father and son team’s adventure sailing some 17,000 miles and rounding Cape Horn in a 25-foot sloop, with Tiger the cat, and finding each other in the process. Quite a yarn. Signed by both authors.
“Reading My Father” by Alexandra Styron – This is a moving memoir of a daughter striving to understand her brilliant, acclaimed, and successful, but clinically depressed father.
“My Father, Lloyd George” by Richard Lloyd George – A memoir by a son grasping the nettles of his famous father’s amatory peccadilloes in an account which is honest as well as compassionate. An insightful look at the private side of the British Prime Minister known as the man who won World War One.
“Image Of His Father” by the brothers Mayhew with illustrations by Phiz – A light-hearted tale of a young scamp following in his father’s footsteps. This is a nice item for the antiquarian collector.
“Fathers” edited by Alexandra Towle – Dedicated to her father, this nifty “collection of tributes, insults, observations and asides from the famous, the infamous” and others, is headlined with the quote from Ben Johnson that “You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.”