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Check out the memorable fathers in these books!

By MPL Staff on Jun 14, 2014 10:21 AM

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini focuses on the complex relationships of fathers and father figures in the incredibly tumultuous time between the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy, through Soviet military intervention and the rise of the Taliban. It traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.


"Truth is stranger than fiction," as the old saying goes, and it applies to this presidential father-son story, The River of Doubt by Candice Millard. A stirring narrative of a real-life adventure chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the little-known region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the dangerous conditions they faced--white-water rapids, starvation, illness, jungle menaces, and Indian attacks--to accomplish their goal.


What if Darth Vader was just a normal dad? That's the question Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown answers, with many illustrated scenes of the Dark Lord of the Sith just trying to be a good father, including Take Your Child to Work on the Death Star Day and lightsaber batting practice. Fathers with daughters will want to check out the companion book, "Vader's Little Princess."



This book about an elephant sitting on an egg in a tree might not seem to be about fatherhood at first glance, but it is actually a charming allegory about an adoptive parent. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss it the story of a creature tricked into protecting an egg that is not his.



To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the great classics of Southern literature, and it includes a wonderful father-daughter relationship. Atticus Finch is a lawyer and role model for his daughter, Scout, when he takes up a case he can't possibly win – defending an innocent black man in the Jim Crow South. Fun fact: Atticus is based on Lee's real-life father.

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