onsider giving your father, or a father figure, one of these books for his special day. Or pick one up for yourself.
DEAR DAD: REFLECTIONS ON FATHERHOOD
edited by John Fountain. (WestSide Press, $24.95)
Writers from around the country, including Detroiter Nichole Christian, have contributed moving narratives about their relationship, or lack of relationship, with their fathers.
FATHER BEHIND BARS: A STORY OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT AFFECTS EVERYONE IN AMERICA
by Arthur Hamilton Jr. Foreword by Danny Glover. (Harlem Writers Guild, $16.95)
Hamilton recounts the behavior of his abusive father, his life of poverty, his incarceration and his transformation-in a Michigan prison-into an award-winning college graduate and founder of a nonprofit organization that supports imprisoned parents.
IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE: A NOVEL
by E. Lynn Harris. (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99)
Published after this Flint native’s untimely death, this work of fiction tells the story of a successful man who struggles to rebuild his relationship with his father after being rejected because of his sexual orientation.
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE: A DAUGHTER’S JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS
by Robin Wright King. (Read4Life Books, $15)
A local entrepreneur and mother examines the pain caused by the absence of her own father, and explains how she was able to forgive him, heal and move forward with her life.
I REALLY MISS MY DAD: A CHILD’S GUIDE TO HURTING, HEALING AND DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
by Demetrius Martin. (Second Time Media, $12.95)
A Detroit child who lost his father to violence has penned a self-help book with the goal of supporting other children who loose a loved one.
BLACK FATHERS: A CALL FOR HEALING
by Kristin Clark Taylor. (Doubleday, $22.95)
A Detroit native shines light on the importance of the presence and involvement of African-American fathers in their children’s lives.