Books for Dad!

Looking for a great Father’s Day gift? Whether he’s into fiction, sports, history, poetry, comics, travel, or even cats, SU Press offers a variety of titles that Dad will enjoy:


Dads who are into running and sports history will love Charles B. Kastner’s The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace across America. Detailing the second and last of two trans-America footraces held in the late 1920s, this book is the Editor’s Choice for Spring 2014. Kastner’s engrossing account, often told from the perspective of the participants, evokes the remarkable physical challenge the runners experienced and clearly bolsters the argument that the last Bunion Derby was the greatest long-distance footrace of all time.



Dads who are baseball and sports history fans are well aware of Jackie Robinson’s athletic legacy, but they may not realize that Robinson was also a writer. Edited by Michael G. Long, Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball is an anthology of Jackie Robinson’s columns in the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam News that offers fresh insight into the Hall of Famer’s life and work following his historic years on the baseball diamond.



The literature-loving father will quickly become immersed in Over the Line by David Lloyd. When fifteen-year-old Justin Lyle steps “over the line” one afternoon, attempting to help the drug-addled girlfriend of an unstable bully, he triggers a series of increasingly perilous encounters. In Over the Line, Lloyd brings to life the trials of a small, Upstate New York town, creating a story that is as real as it is fictional.




Allegiance and Betrayal: Stories will delight family-oriented fiction fans. Peter Makuck’s stories are set in cars, on top of a water tower, in a bar, on a fishing boat, at a family farm, and at a swimming pool. Humorous and tender, this collection offers rich portraits of individuals struggling to overcome failed dreams and searching for an answer to the question of what truly matters.





For the father who is interested in history, politics, and Irish history, we have the story of James K. McGuire, a self-educated, charismatic, gifted leader who overcame personal tragedy in childhood and was elected the youngest mayor of a major city in America at age twenty-six. In James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist, Joseph E. Fahey provides a portrait of a complex man who earned a place on the national political stage and battled for the causes in which he deeply believed.



For the dad who believes cats are truly man’s best friend, we have The Photographed Cat: Picturing Human–Feline Ties, 1890–1940by Arnold Arluke and Lauren Rolfe. With more than 130 illustrations, this volume examines the cultural implications of feline companions while also celebrating the intimacy and joys of pets and family photographs. Entertaining, smart, and filled with a collector’s trove of wonderful images, The Photographed Cat pays homage to the surprising range of relationships we have with cats and offers thoughtful consideration of the ways in which we represent them.



George Lockwood’s Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor’s Journey Through the World of Comics uses the story of one man’s obsession with comic book heroes to give voice to a larger narrative about comic strips, their creators, the newspaper industry, and the era of American history that encompassed them all. Dads who are comic fans will love the fascinating anecdotes in this memoir.



Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures is a unique guide for the dad who wants to do some weekend traveling. Even those familiar with the upstate area will likely have never visited and perhaps never heard of some of the treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum. Author Chuck D’Imperio tells each museum’s story, in light of its cultural and historical relevance, and he provides a wealth of information about the museums as places of interest to visit, not just to read about.



The Jewish Journal thinks Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories “makes a perfect Father’s Day gift,” and we agree! The collection features 14 short stories written by David Shrayer-Petrov and edited by his son, Maxim D. Shrayer. By depicting Soviet Jews who grapple with issues of identity, acculturation, and assimilation, Shrayer-Petrov explores aspects of antisemitism and persecution, problems of mixed marriages, dilemmas of conversion, and the survival of Jewish memory. You can read the Jewish Journal’s full review of Dinner with Stalin here.


And the Time Is: Poems, 1958-2013 by Samuel Hazo is a fantastic book for poetry lovers. With works that are arranged loosely under the themes of love, family, and aging, this volume affirms Hazo’s status as one of the most compelling and enduring poets of his generation.


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