With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to find some great gifts for the man who has everything. Fortunately, there are wonderful new books that just might do the trick.
Deep down, most men harbor the fantasy of being a professional athlete. IMPERFECT, by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown, is subtitled “An Improbable Life.” In September of 1993, Abbott threw a dramatic no-hitter in Yankee Stadium. Abbott was an All-American at Michigan; he won a gold medal with the 1988 Olympic team; and he pitched for major league baseball teams, including the Yankees and the L.A. Angels. All this is impressive enough, but the fact that Abbott accomplished this with a severe disability makes it inspirational. Abbott was born without a right hand, but was determined to become a professional athlete. His story proves once and for all that with enough determination and hard work, almost anything is possible.
If the man in your life is a golf nut, you’re in luck. Award winning sports columnist Bill Pennington shares his expertise in ON PAR, “The Everyday Golfer’s Survival Guide.” Pennington is known for his humor, and this book entertains as it informs. For example, what’s the rule if your ball comes to rest on a snake? The verdict: Live snake, use a new ball in a safe location; dead snake, hit that ball as it lies. Everything dad would ever want to know is here, including all the tricks and quick fixes Pennington has picked up along the way.
If the man in your life could use a tuning up, TAKE IT OFF, KEEP IT OFF is manly advice from Paul “PJ” James. Featured on TV, personal chef and trainer James decided the only way to really be able to empathize with his overweight clients was to become fat himself. By packing on ninety pounds, James learned first-hand about sugar addiction, and the emotional and physical stress of being heavy. The challenge for James was being able to get back to his former buff body. It took him six months, and the valuable lessons that he learned are featured in his signature KO-90 program. My favorite section concerns ways to navigate the emotional components of psychological diet sabotage.
If that special guy is ready for it, Rich Roll promotes rejecting middle age and becoming super-fit in FINDING ULTRA. Roll was staring hard at forty, fifty pounds overweight, and having trouble bounding up the stairs. Enough! He felt his future looked dim if he didn’t turn himself around. Rolls vowed to exercise every day, reject processed food, and embrace plant nutrition. A recovering alcoholic, he vamped up his exercise program to be able to compete in the Ultraman competition, a contest which involves a three-hundred-twenty mile ordeal of running, swimming and biking. After that, Rolls took on the Epic5, comprised of five iron-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian Island, encompassing only one week. Wow.
The fact that Rich Roll recommends it should be enough to convince any man to eat his vegetables. But sometimes, we have to get a little sneaky. For the fellow who loves the masculine sport of cooking outside, John Schlimm gives us GRILLING VEGAN STYLE. Chocked full of colorful photographs, included are yummy recipes such as “Drive-in Popcorn with Spanish Seasoning,” “Halftime Pizza with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes,” and “The July Martini with Strawberries & Honeydew Melon.” There are also tips on buying the best utensils. Refreshing, healthy, a delightful gift.
So, next time you’re stumped for a present that special man will really appreciate, do consider these dynamite books.
Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist and an avowed bibliophile. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. Michall is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle. www.michalljeffers.com