Looking for a Father’s Day gift? My husband and I both recommend Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis – author of The Blind Side and most recently The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.
Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood chronicles Lewis’ experience following the birth of each of his three children. In the process of telling great stories that are often laugh-out-loud funny, he also provides a commentary on modern fatherhood and parenthood that is sure to resonate with many men. For my husband and I the book also sparked great conversations as he shared bits with me that made him laugh or reflected his own feelings. Lewis gives us a rare man’s-eye view of the seismic changes in the roles of mothers and fathers today – and the rigidity of the old cultural stereotypes that continue to confound us.
“At some point in the last few decades, the American male sat down at the negotiating table with the American female and – let us be frank – got fleeced. The agreement he signed foisted all sorts of new paternal responsibilities on him and gave him nothing of what he might expect in return. Not the greater love of his wife, who was now encouraged to view him as an unreliable employee. Not the special love from his child, who, no matter how many times he fed and changed and wiped and walked her, would always prefer her mother in a pinch. Not even the admiration of the body politic, who pushed him into signing the deal. Women may smile at a man pushing a baby stroller, but it is with gentle condescension of a high officer of an army toward a village that surrendered without a fight.”
You might even give Dad a collection of books from Michael Lewis. Other selections might include Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, about baseball – or Liar’s Poker, about his four years working on Wall Street. Just be sure to pick up Home Game yourself too to see modern parenthood viewed through your other half’s eyes.