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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Give Dad a Book by a Philly Author for Father's Day 

In checking the Free Library's list of weekly author visits, I figured: Whoever's in charge might know more local authors than anybody. So why not ask for a list of suggested gift books for Father's Day? Andy Kahan, managing director of Author Events, was quick to oblige and show he indeed knows his scribes, passing along a generous list of choices. All the ones listed are from this year or last. You'll also find some suggestions from Inquirer columnist Karen Heller (marked*) and me, Peter Mucha (**). The more-info links for the books arbitrarily switch between Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Nonsports Nonfiction
Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood, by Donald Bogle.
Philadelphia Architecture, by Thom Nickels.
Lennon Revealed, biography of the Beatle, by ex-news anchor Larry Kane.
The Last Gangster, true tale of a turncoat Philadelphia mobster, by The Inquirer's George Anastasia
Fresh Inspiration: New Approaches to Chinese Cuisine, cookbook by chef Susanna Foo.
Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul, by Scott Weidensaul.
Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585-1828, by Walter A. McDougall.
Guests of the Ayatollah : The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam, examination of the Iran hostage crisis, by ex-Inquirer writer Mark Bowden.
Gouverneur Morris : Author, Statesman, and Man of the World, portrait of a founding father, by James J. Kirschke.
The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance, by Dan Rottenberg.
*The Sound on the Page : Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing, by Ben Yagoda.
**Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lesson on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life, by WHYY Voices in the Family host and Inquirer columnist Dan Gottlieb.

The Eagles Encyclopedia, by ex-Daily News columnist Ray Didinger, now with NFL Films.
If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?: Philadelphia, Its Faithful, and the Eternal Quest for Sports Salvation, by ex-Inquirer writer Jere Longman.
Box Like the Pros, by former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier.
The Lion in Autumn: A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football, by Inquirer writer Frank Fitzpatrick.
Wilt: Larger Than Life, about the Sixers center Wilt Chamberlain, by Robert A. Cherry.
*Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager, by ex-Inquirer writer Buzz Bissinger.
**The Great Philadelphia Fan Book, by WIP hosts Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano. (OK, it's from 2003, but it's a classic.)

C.R.E.A.M., Vol. 1, a political crime drama, by Solomon Jones ( says it comes out June 27, but he's at Central Library tonight).
The Wheelman, misadventures of a getaway driver in Philadelphia, by Duane Swierczynski.
Marked Man, latest Philly defense-attorney mystery by William Lashner.
Voodoo Lounge, tale of love during U.S. invasion of Haiti, by Christian Bauman.
Backward-Facing Man, character-driver thriller set in Philly, by Donald Silver.
**Dirty Blonde, latest Philly-based legal thriller by Lisa Scottoline.

Makes You Stop and Think: Sonnets, by Daniel Hoffman.
Deja Vu Diner, by Leonard Gontarek.

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