ALU <3 Dads

June 17, 2015

As we acknowledged in our ALU <3 Moms post, we know that while not everyone is a parent, everyone has parents. Holidays like Father’s Day exist for us to take a step back and reflect on what it is that makes our dads great, whether they’re Sears catalogue-type dads with immaculate hair and bathrobes or Homer Simpsons in the flesh. We’ve picked four dad-centric books to help along your reflecting.

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As we acknowledged in our ALU <3 Moms post, we know that while not everyone is a parent, everyone has parents. Holidays like Father’s Day exist for us to take a step back and reflect on what it is that makes our dads great, whether they’re Sears catalogue-type dads with immaculate hair and bathrobes or Homer Simpsons in the flesh. We’ve picked four dad-centric books to help along your reflecting.

Foxed
A Detective Lane Mystery
by Garry Ryan (NeWest Press)

Garry Ryan’s award-winning mystery series featuring Detective Lane strips away the trope of the solitary gumshoe in favour of one with actual things at stake: the lives of his partner and children. In this installment, Detective Lane is up against a charismatic and sociopathic real estate magnate who would not hesitate to harm anyone – including Lane’s family – if they came too close to dismantling his empire.

  

Sons and Fathers
by Daniel Goodwin (Linda Leith Publishing)

This novel honestly explores the relationships between men, their fathers, and each other, through the eyes of University friends Eli, Michael, and Allan. Now working in and around Parliament, these three men are shaped by their political environments, their marriages, and, ultimately, their connection to the first man in each of their lives, their fathers. Author Daniel Goodwin wrote a list of the 25 things you can learn from this book, which includes how to swear.

 

Preoccupied with my Father
by Simon Schneiderman (ECW Press)

Artist Simon Schneiderman honours his father Yoel in this unusual, but no less heartfelt biography coupling poetry and expressionist painting. The work chronicles Yoel’s escape from the Holocaust and the years after – contrasting his vibrant youth in Warsaw, Poland, to his later years plagued with compulsivity. The younger Schneiderman’s account shows these, of course, but also his father’s unquenchable thirst and passion for knowledge.

 

Fatherhood 4.0
by Dalton Higgins (Insomniac Press)

Through essays, stories, and interviews, this collection asks some of Canada’s biggest personalities what it means to be a father today, through a cross-cultural lens. Black, Asian, south Asian, and Indigenous men all contribute their stories and experiences about fatherhood and contemporary masculinity, challenging long-held stereotypes and opening up a true conversation.

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So go have some fun with your dads, all!

 

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