Father’s Day Book Club

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The book club crew has it figured out: communal reading is an underrated and powerful way to socialize. If your dad read to you when you were growing up, you’ve already got the idea—experiencing a book together is great conversation fodder, and there’s no reason you can’t keep it up now!

Give the gift of quality time this Father’s Day and pick up two copies of a book you both want to read. You’ll have something out-of-the-ordinary to talk about at his Father’s Day lunch, and let’s be honest: it’s a lot more fun than a tie.

If you and your dad are nonfiction buffs, here are a few suggestions for your Father’s Day book club.

Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest by Jack Nisbet

Natural history meets social history in this essay collection from naturalist Jack Nisbet. Perfect if your dad is a history buff, an outdoorsman, or a little of both.

Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World by Nick Licata

Perhaps your father raised you to value civic engagement—and perhaps both of you are feeling a new interest in making a positive difference in your community. Reading this book together will inspire you to go out and raise some rabble.

The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature’s Most Elusive Birds by Leigh Calvez

If your dad is a bird nerd, he’s probably been meaning to read this anyway—give him a good excuse! (Warning: Reading this book with your dad may result in being recruited to help him look for owls in the dark. Proceed with caution.)

Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships by Iris Gottlieb

A brisk, funny, and informative read that will give you two plenty to talk about—and will give your dad a wealth of fun facts to share with his friends and relations, whether they want him to or not.

Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America by Annie Marie Musselman and Brenda Peterson

Lushly illustrated with Musselman’s stark and sensitive photography, Wolf Haven is a feast for the eyes as well as a fascinating read. If your dad enjoyed your childhood wolf phase almost as much as you did, this is your book.

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