Reader’s Lounge: June

by Mary Dersch

Honor thy Father: Celebrating the month of June with a selection of books sure to inspire the guys in our lives!


All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses-And How We Can Fix it Together
by Josh Levs

A serious look at the workforce environment facing today’s fathers is covered in this informative book. Families, businesses and society are being redesigned by the way the workforce is handling fatherhood. The author, who gained notoriety for his essay on discrimination in the workforce by Time Warner and the resulting Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges, has penned a book that will hit home with many of us. After his child was born, Lev was denied parental leave, and he makes the case that it is time for this generation of fathers to come forward and receive the same rights mothers have obtained through the years. He uses his expertise as an investigative reporter and as a “parenting” columnist for CNN to research, interview and present this topic in a frank and informative manner.


Benchwarmer: A Sports-Obsessed Memoir of Fatherhood
by Josh Wilker

Comfortable on the sidelines in his cubicle at work or poring over sports stats and watching his beloved Chicago Red Sox, Josh Wilker was sheltered from the world, his depression and his anxieties. When his first child was born he felt the pull to rise above his insecurities and become a stand-up father. In this humorous take on fatherhood, Wilker uses the wins, losses and attitudes of sports figures to learn how to deal with the day-to-day tragedies and triumphs of being a dad. He found happiness in the trivia of long-lost athletes, like the former NFL player Walter “Sneeze” Achiu. This memoir is sure to strike a chord with sports loving parents!


Daddy, Stop Talking!: and other Things My Kids Want But Won’t Be Getting
by Adam Carolla

Television host, actor, comedian and bestselling author Adam Corolla reflects on his own, less than perfect childhood to humorously proselytize to today’s parent about childrearing. He covers the gamut, from a child’s birth to leaving home. “Sage” advice is given to parents who don’t want their children to live with them forever. Along the way he espouses the belief that parents today are under the impression that kids may be better off without the gizmos, gadgets and opportunities that are available to them. Are they becoming softies because of this? Topics discussed in this satirical look at raising kids include dating, drinking and drugs, buying your first house and car, puberty and what kind of know-nothings his kids (and yours) should avoid becoming.


The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love
by P.J. O’Rourke

From the pen of one of America’s great humorists comes this timely tome. O’Rourke edits this parenting book, compiling an assortment of encouraging tongue-in-cheek tales of fatherhood written by fellow wits. Enjoy Matthew Continetti’s Newborn terror: the moment you realize that “bundle of joy” is a euphemism for something very different and Siblings, the best gift you’ll ever give your kids, by Stephen F. Hayes. Not just for novice fathers, this book includes stories for experienced dads too. Emerging adults and empty nesters: just when you had fatherhood all figured out, by Andrew Ferguson and Love and marriage: how to talk to your kids about the most important decision they’ll ever make, by Rob Long fills in this gap. Thanks, Grandpa: Grandfatherhood and the spirit of the age, by Joseph Epstein, rounds out this great and humorous look at being a dad.


Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling
by Joe Carroll

This tasty read will surely inspire firing up the backyard charcoal. Carroll, famous for his restaurants Fette Sau and St. Anselm in Brooklyn, New York, dishes-up uncomplicated instructions that lay folk can follow to become experts at making succulent barbecue and grilled meats. The chef teaches the ins and outs of live-fire cooking, which includes creating low and slow fire techniques. Seventy-five recipes for scrumptious main dishes and delectable sides are filed within the pages of this tempting cookbook.


Mary Dersch is an adult services librarian at the EGR branch of the Kent District Library and the heart of the EGR community. When not at the reference desk, she serves as the curator of the EGR History Room.




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