"When it came to gifts I don't know that my father ever bought me anything besides books. If your father hasn't read Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses, get him that or, if he's into dark, gripping, post-apocalyptic survival tales, get him the un-put-downable The Road. It will make him weep. If your dad's not a reader, but is a sailor or handyman of any sort, get him this new book on knot-tying called Why Knot?: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, Magical, Intriguing, and Secure Knots! It's written by Philippe Petit. Why have you heard of M. Petit, and who is he that he thinks he knows so much about knot-tying? Well, he's the star of Man on Wire, the guy who rigged up a wire between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in 1974 and just hung out up there in the sky for an hour, toodling around. He knows knots.
Speaking of un-put-downable books, Lucky cover story writer Sarah Miller recently told me about this amazing book any dad would love called The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, author of The Hustler, The Color of Money and The Man Who Fell to Earth. It's the story of an orphan-turned-chess-prodigy and following her through the higher and higher stakes world of competitive chess playing will keep him up at night, even if he doesn't play chess—I know nothing about chess and yet the play-by-play of each game left my heart pounding." - Deb Schwartz, Executive Editor