The Drum staff suggests these book in time for Father’s Day.
101 Things I Wish My Father Taught Me
“Learning 101 things before you need them has the power to greatly impact and improve your life and your state of being,” said Baton Rouge technologist Jasiri Basel who has publish his first book, 101 Things I Wish My Father Taught Me. The book is Basel’s reflection on lessons he said he wishes someone would have told him early in life. Each page is offers encouragement and insight for “boys and men growing up in a world where it isn’t easy to be a man, a world of expectations to be a man without instruction on how to deliver,” he said. 101 Things is written to aid sons and fathers in their tumultuous journey through life.
Blending Families Successfully: Helping Parents and Kids Navigate the Challenges So That Everyone Ends Up Happy
George Glass, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, has designed a book to help parents understand the challenges of beginning new lives with blended families, and to help their children make the necessary adjustments. He explains how to approach unavoidable dilemmas when they occur and offers invaluable lessons about the link between divorce and issues of self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, and relationship failures that often result from the breakup of a family. This book is an inspiring toolkit for families in need.
My Father and Atticus Finch
As a child, attorney Joe Beck heard about his father’s legacy: Foster Beck had once been a respected trial lawyer who defied the unspoken code of 1930s Alabama by defending a Black man charged with raping a /White woman. Now a lawyer himself, Beck has become intrigued by the similarities between his father’s story and the one at the heart of Harper Lee’s iconic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In My Father and Atticus Finch, Beck reconstructs his father’s role in the 1938 trial in which the examining doctor testified before a packed and hostile courtroom that there was no evidence of intercourse or violence. Nevertheless, the all-White jury voted to convict. This riveting memoir seeks to understand how race, class, and the memory of the South’s defeat in the Civil War produced the trial’s outcome, and how these issues figure into our literary imagination.
Believing in Magic
In Believing in Magic, Cookie Johnson, wife of NBA icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson, shares for the first time how her husband’s HIV diagnosis 25 years ago sent her life and marriage in a frightening new direction. Johnson shares the emotional journey that started November 7, 1991. She shares how her life as a pregnant and joyous newlywed immediately become one filled with the fear that her husband would die, she and her baby would be infected with the virus, and their family would be shunned. Believing in Magic is far more than her account of surviving that trauma. It is the story of her marriage with Earvin, losing their way, and eventually finding a path they never imagined they’d take.