For some reason all dads are connected to a stream of consciousness of which nobody else has access to. Scientists are baffled by the consistent pattern of dad jokes that all dads instinctively know. Some say it is because of our evolution, fathers’ needed a way to annoy their families and friends in order to signal fatherhood. If the man in the family never asked you to “pull his finger” then how could you know he was really your dad?
The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes by Ian Allen
One book The Reading Room recommends for you dad this year is, The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes by Ian Allen. Covering some of the most classic Dad jokes of all time, this book will keep your dad busy and hopefully give him some new material.
The only thing Dads love more than telling jokes is taking the family out camping! Dan White’s book Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping covers much more than simply camping. Dan tracks the history of the first nature seekers in American history. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson are featured in the book as a way to channel their love, to the point of reverence, of nature. Be careful here, giving this book to your dad on father’s day may inadvertently sign you up for a two week trip in Yellowstone by the end of the month.
For the more politically minded father, consider Nathaniel Philbrick‘s Valiant Ambition. Nothing combats the macho man attitude some dads have by exposing them to the even macho-er men of history. Tales of honor, betrayal, and success tap into the traditional style of thinking most dads are familiar with. Get ready for a lecture on how things “used to be.”
All jokes aside, father’s day is a special time of year. Take some time to reflect on all the good times you and your dad have shared. He may not be that funny, and he may not understand how you think. But at the end of the day he will always be there for you, no matter what.
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