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No-Fail Gifts for Dad

Give something special to one of the hardest people to shop for. Share fiction and nonfiction favorites that he’ll love, including everything from must-read biographies to page-turning thrillers.

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    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture

    The Splendid and the Vile

    by Erik Larson

    The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis.
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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    Grant Book Cover Picture
    Grant Book Cover Picture

    Grant

    by Ron Chernow

    Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
    Grant Book Cover Picture
    Grant Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $22.00

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    The Masters Book Cover Picture
    The Masters Book Cover Picture

    The Masters

    by Curt Sampson

    The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. The Masters is an amazing slice of history, taking us inside the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Augusta’s most famous member. It is a look at how the new South coexists with the old South, with such characters as James Brown, the Godfather of Soul; the great boxer Beau Jack; and Frank Stranahan, the playboy golfer. The Masters is a spellbinding portrait of a tournament unlike any other.
    The Masters Book Cover Picture
    The Masters Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture
    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture

    Between the World and Me

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture
    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Michael Symon's Playing with Fire Book Cover Picture
    Michael Symon's Playing with Fire Book Cover Picture

    Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire

    by Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner

    Cohost of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur Michael Symon returns to a favorite subject, meat, with a cookbook focused on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with over 70 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland.
    Michael Symon's Playing with Fire Book Cover Picture
    Michael Symon's Playing with Fire Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Dirt Book Cover Picture
    Dirt Book Cover Picture

    Dirt

    by Bill Buford

    Dirt Book Cover Picture
    Dirt Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.95

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    Camino Island Book Cover Picture
    Camino Island Book Cover Picture

    Camino Island

    by John Grisham

    A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, impossible to resist.
    Camino Island Book Cover Picture
    Camino Island Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition)

    by Chris Bohjalian

    From the author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.
    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Genius of Birds Book Cover Picture
    The Genius of Birds Book Cover Picture

    The Genius of Birds

    by Jennifer Ackerman

    Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about.
    The Genius of Birds Book Cover Picture
    The Genius of Birds Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Alexander Hamilton Book Cover Picture
    Alexander Hamilton Book Cover Picture

    Alexander Hamilton

    by Ron Chernow

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
    Alexander Hamilton Book Cover Picture
    Alexander Hamilton Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $22.00

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    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture
    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture

    Ghost Soldiers

    by Hampton Sides

    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture
    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook Book Cover Picture
    The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook Book Cover Picture

    The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook

    by Steven Rinella

    From the host of the television series and podcast MeatEater, the long-awaited definitive guide to cooking wild game, including fish and fowl, featuring more than 100 new recipes.
    The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook Book Cover Picture
    The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Just Mercy

    by Bryan Stevenson

    Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture
    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture

    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    by Eric Carle

    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture
    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $8.99

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    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture
    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture

    His Truth Is Marching On

    by Jon Meacham

    An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America.
    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture
    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Dune Book Cover Picture
    Dune Book Cover Picture

    Dune

    by Frank Herbert

    Share the deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.
    Dune Book Cover Picture
    Dune Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $40.00

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    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture
    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture

    The New Seed-Starters Handbook

    by Nancy Bubel and Jean Nick

    For the most complete, up-to-date information on starting plants from seed, turn to The New Seed-Starter’s Handbook. Written by a gardener with 30 years of experience, this updated, easy-to-use reference explains everything you need to know to start seeds and raise healthy seedlings successfully.
    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture
    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $19.99

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    In the Hurricane's Eye Book Cover Picture
    In the Hurricane's Eye Book Cover Picture

    In the Hurricane’s Eye

    by Nathaniel Philbrick

    The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition.
    In the Hurricane's Eye Book Cover Picture
    In the Hurricane's Eye Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Hair Love Book Cover Picture
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture

    Hair Love

    by Matthew A. Cherry

    It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from Academy-Award winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Originals Book Cover Picture
    Originals Book Cover Picture

    Originals

    by Adam Grant

    The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas in their careers and everyday life—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Think Again and co-author of Option B.
    Originals Book Cover Picture
    Originals Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture
    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture

    How to Be an Antiracist

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.
    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture
    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    At Home Book Cover Picture
    At Home Book Cover Picture

    At Home

    by Bill Bryson

    In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture.
    At Home Book Cover Picture
    At Home Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Franklin Barbecue Book Cover Picture
    Franklin Barbecue Book Cover Picture

    Franklin Barbecue

    by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

    A complete meat and brisket-cooking education from the country’s most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue.
    Franklin Barbecue Book Cover Picture
    Franklin Barbecue Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.99

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    The Office Book Cover Picture
    The Office Book Cover Picture

    The Office

    by Andy Greene

    The Office Book Cover Picture
    The Office Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture
    A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    by Amor Towles

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 
    A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture
    A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Geek Dad Book Cover Picture
    Geek Dad Book Cover Picture

    Geek Dad

    by Ken Denmead

    Supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead, is an engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com. Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget.
    Geek Dad Book Cover Picture
    Geek Dad Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Book Cover Picture
    The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Book Cover Picture

    The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

    by David Allen Sibley

    From renowned birder, illustrator, and New York Times best selling author David Sibley, the most authoritative guide to the birds of the East, in a portable format that is perfect for the field.
    The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Book Cover Picture
    The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $19.95

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    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    The Nickel Boys

    by Colson Whitehead

    In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Of Thee I Sing Book Cover Picture
    Of Thee I Sing Book Cover Picture

    Of Thee I Sing

    by Barack Obama

    Former president Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this picture book illustrated by the award-winning Loren Long (Otis) that’s made to be treasured!
    Of Thee I Sing Book Cover Picture
    Of Thee I Sing Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    American Grown Book Cover Picture
    American Grown Book Cover Picture

    American Grown

    by Michelle Obama

    In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn.  As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.  In American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.
    American Grown Book Cover Picture
    American Grown Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture
    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture

    Bad Blood

    by John Carreyrou

    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture
    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Killers of the Flower Moon Book Cover Picture
    Killers of the Flower Moon Book Cover Picture

    Killers of the Flower Moon

    by David Grann

    Killers of the Flower Moon Book Cover Picture
    Killers of the Flower Moon Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Drinking French Book Cover Picture
    Drinking French Book Cover Picture

    Drinking French

    by David Lebovitz

    The New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen serves up more than 160 recipes for trendy cocktails, quintessential apéritifs, café favorites, complementary snacks, and more.
    Drinking French Book Cover Picture
    Drinking French Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Smokin' with Myron Mixon Book Cover Picture
    Smokin' with Myron Mixon Book Cover Picture

    Smokin’ with Myron Mixon

    by Myron Mixon and Kelly Alexander

    Smokin' with Myron Mixon Book Cover Picture
    Smokin' with Myron Mixon Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $22.00

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    The Point of It All Book Cover Picture
    The Point of It All Book Cover Picture

    The Point of It All

    by Charles Krauthammer

    A powerful collection of the influential columnist’s most important works—featuring rare speeches and a major new essay about today’s populist movements and the future of global democracy.
    The Point of It All Book Cover Picture
    The Point of It All Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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