Fulcrum’s Picks for Father’s Day
June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day. For the dad who has everything or the father who is hard to shop for, books are always a great gift idea. A few Fulcrum staffers shared books they recommend giving to the special dad in your life this year.
A classic story of boyhood in the rural West. Barnes says, “I can stop a running horse in a round corral at thirty feet, without a bridle, and get him to walk up to me. I can tell a champion rooster from a second–rate bird with a speckled neck. I can dig ditch and fix fence. I can tell a real blizzard from a Texas whimper, and I can make a reasonable argument why Shakespeare was a woman.”
Campfires and Loon Calls: Travels in the Boundary Waters by Jerry Apps
Recommended by Sam Scinta
A wonderful recollection of travels to the Boundary Waters. Jerry recounts trips he made to the area with his son Steve as well as other family members over twenty-five years. Not only does the reader learn the importance of these sorts of journeys in building a strong family bond, but Jerry also does a beautiful job of paying homage to the power and magnificence of nature in our lives.
I’d like to get my dad a copy of The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook for Father’s Day. Since he retired, he’s been (adorably) trying to get into cooking family meals. This book would be perfect for him—it’s full of great food made with fresh ingredients that could be harvested from my mom’s garden or during my parents’ weekly trek to the farmers’ market.
My pick for Father’s Day this year is Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink. When my father was a budding TV journalist in the late seventies, he and his videographer friend traveled all over the state of Arizona covering stories on the wild places, wildlife, and wild people 🙂 in Arizona for a segment on a local news station. They both became concerned and active conservationists based upon the stories they uncovered about the various endangered species in Arizona; many of those same stories are covered in Endangered. I think he would appreciate the excellent reporting work done by award–winning author Mitch Tobin in this book, and he’d be grateful for Tobin’s work on behalf of our endangered wildlife.
It’s official: mornings are now warm enough to ride a bike comfortably, even for wimpy people like myself. If your dad wishes he rode more, and you want to celebrate Father’s Day with him again next year, check out Great Road Rides Denver. Jay gives you the scoop on the best streets to ride on and practical advice for sharing the road while keeping your cool.
I plan to get my dad a copy of Buffalo Bill for this year’s Father’s Day. My dad is someone who can’t get enough of the old Western movies on TV, and he loves riding horses, shooting guns, and wearing all things Western. I’m pretty sure he’d like to think he was a cowboy in his past life 🙂 I know he’ll appreciate the incredible memorabilia and rare photographs from the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave that make this book so special. And Steve was nice enough to write a message to my dad in the copy I bought, which I’m sure will make my dad smile.