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Reading List for Dad

A book and a cocktail are the perfect way to say thanks to your dad for all the dad-stuff they did this year. Here are some fatherly reads to gift him this year while you make Ketel OneĀ® martinis for the two of you on his special day.

The Books

Book of Hours by Kevin Young

A harrowing collection of poetry about love, loss, and fatherhood. Young is not shy at all in these poems and his raw openness will have your dad teary-eyed by page 3.

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell

One of the weirdest new voices we have in today's creative nonfiction, Russell has put together a series of hilarious and all-too-real essays about becoming a father, getting to know his own dad, and falling into a series of somewhat-investigative reports in contemporary manhood.

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

In 1987, this long-forgotten crime read came out of Argentina with a bang. Now with a shiny new cover, a series of mystery-imbued shenanigans follow the death of a child in Buenos Aires. The rest is for you to unfold.

Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner

Meet the Popper Family. Meet four more generations of the Popper Family. In an ambitious and unapologetically emotional study on family and fatherhood, Orner answers questions about sexuality, family ties, and connection.

Dubliners by James Joyce

Your dad probably read this one way back in high school, but we think it's time for a revisit. Can we recommend the schmancy Vintage redesign? No better way to dress up this groundbreaking classic somewhat autobiographical story collection.

The Cocktail

1.25 oz Ketel OneĀ® Vodka
.25 oz of Vermouth
Olives or Lemons

Stir (not shake) the liquids with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, or into a martini glass, of course. To your taste, garnish with a lemon twist or olives.

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