As the world seems to fall apart around us, we are reminded of how important our dads are. They’ve always got the right answers, the right tool for the job, the right goofy joke to brighten up our days. Even though everything is falling apart, we know our dads will be there to help us put everything back together. Whether the dad you’re celebrating this Father’s Day is near or far, we’ve got a great deal for you.

This Father’s Day, we’re offering signed copies of Chris Erskine’s Daditude. Use code dad20 at checkout to get free shipping on this perfect Father’s Day gift, and order by June 12th to make sure it arrives on time.


Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine’s house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that’s exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn’t. Every week in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other papers, Erskine distills, mocks, and makes us laugh at the absurdities of modern fatherhood. And now, he’s gathered the very best of these witty and wise essays—and invited his kids (and even Posh) to annotate them with updated commentary, which they promise isn’t too snarky. This handsome book is the perfect gift for the father who would have everything—if he hadn’t already given it all to his kids.

If you’re still looking for more great Father’s Day gift ideas, check out the books below and this blog post: Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts.


Celebrated painter Kenton Nelson explores the idealistic California of his childhood dreams in this collection of works involving water. Saturated with color and longing, and balancing shadow and light, Water explores California with a powerful, unusual mix of sunny optimism and noir mystery.

Mark Twain’s Guide

This illustrated collection of Mark Twain quotes presents the best of the curmudgeonly writer’s thoughts on diet, exercise, medicine, smoking, drinking, romance, parenting, old age, fashion, finances, politics, and religion. Curated by Twain expert Mark Dawidziak, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s had enough of Gwyneth’s self-righteous advice. And even though it’s packed with wicked humor and anti-advice, it’s actually rich with wisdom as well.

L.A. Mexicano

Richly photographed and authentically local, L.A. Mexicano showcases L.A.’s sophisticated and diverse Mexican-food culture, from Oaxacan tlayudas to Nayarit ceviches, Alta California gastronomy to Boyle Heights burritos. It’s got it all: recipes, insightful and inspirational profiles of chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, and vendors, and neighborhood guides that point readers to the best markets, taco trucks, restaurants, bars, and more. Part cookbook, part food journalism, and part love song to Los Angeles, it’s a definitive resource for home cooks, Mexican food lovers, and hungry Angelenos and visitors. With a foreword by Taco USA‘s Gustavo Arellano, L.A. Mexicano shines a long-overdue light on the people behind one of the world’s most complex and delicious cuisines, in one of the world’s most exciting food cities.

First We Surf, Then We Eat

Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling, surfing, and eating, along the way learning to cook the best beach-loving dishes from the world’s best beach towns. Now he’s sharing his vibrantly colorful, flavorful, and healthful collection of recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he’s experienced as he’s surfed the world.

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