For the historian:
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston (novelist of the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God and anthropologist) traveled to Plateau, Alabama to interview eighty-six year old Cudjo Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave trade. In Africa, captors abducted Lewis and confined him in the barracoons of Ouidah for selection by American slavers. He arrived to the United States on the last “Black Cargo” ship and Hurston captures Cudjo’s firsthand account.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston • Hardcover, $25
For the comedian:
Who knew Caddy Shack would be a comedy classic about snobs vs. slobs? Answer: no one. It is argued as the best sports comedy movie ever made. The book captures the hilarious scenes and tells us what was happening behind them. This is the story of the rise of National Lampoon and the funniest golf club in pop culture. Caddyshack fans are Caddyshack fans. Give Dad what he really wants.
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty •
For the philanthropist:
Fred Rogers is a legend for public television. Delving deeper, we learn he lived as a model for compassion, commitment and inspiration. This is the first full-length biography of his life. His devotion to taking children’s experience and questions seriously make him a beloved figure. The book is rich with stories, interviews and archival documents. Warm Dad’s heart. He will be flattered that this book made you think of him.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King • Hardcover, $30
For the gourmand:
While Chef and Pitmaster Matthew Register’s talent is hardly a secret (locals and tourists fill
his restaurant in Garland, NC), this just published book reveals recipes that before now have been hush-hush. His obsession with southern cooking is our gain. Register sifted through his grandmother’s recipes and hit the kitchen to offer an update to classics. The book is worth the buzz and now Dad can recreate the magic at home.
Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today
by Matthew Register • Hardcover, $25
For the athlete:
Champion marathoner and coach Alberto Salazar collapsed on a practice field at the Nike campus in 2007. His heart stopped for 14 minutes. EMT’s shocked his heart eight times. He was clinically dead. Nine days later, he was back coaching runners. This is the story of what makes this man a force. He recounts growing up scrappy, ruthless training and the moments of his death. Dad may read this in one sitting.
14 Minutes: A Running Legend’s Life and Death and Life Alberto Salazar by John Brant • Hardcover, $26
For the corporately inclined:
The phrase “strange history” is always a winner in a title. This book opens like a crime thriller and examines the development of personality study and the women who created the Myers-Briggs method. It is a perfect read for skeptics and believers alike and notably named the best book of 2018 by New York Time Critics, Economist, Mental Floss and more.
The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality
by Merve Emre • Hardcover, $28
For the dapper:
Tommy Nutter changed the lines of men’s fashion and his brother, David, a rock and roll photographer, was there to capture it. Two brothers from humble upbringing open a small tailor’s shop on London’s Saville Row and soon have a celebrity cult following. Equal parts underdog story, Studio 54 tales, and men’s fashion history, Dad’s head may spin with this roller coaster tale.
House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row by Lance Richardson • Hardcover, $28
by A.K. Freeland / photography by Eli Warren