Books for Dad
Sometimes having a dad at home means having stacks upon stacks of hardcover self-enrichment books that discuss everything from critical thinking to Deepak Chopra’s musings on life and the universe piling up in your house. Not sure which book on Singaporean history your father doesn’t own? Local Books is happy to recommend you a list of books by authors and about topics close to home your dad confirm plus chop hasn’t read yet.
1. For the FATHER WHO WANTS TO COOK
Mum’s Not Cooking by Denise Fletcher
We’re not saying all fathers are clueless, but I’m sure many of us have been subjected to Dad’s “famous” fried rice. In the absence of Mum or other reasonably-qualified cooks, here is a collection of recipes that even the most culinarily-challenged father will find easy to pull off.
2. For the COOKING FATHER
A little more advanced? These cookbooks from local foodies and YouTubers The MeatMen are perfect for a dad comfortable in the kitchen (and even those who aren’t!). Add a little twist to your normal zi char with recipes that let you spend some quality time with dad.
3. For the SELF-HELP FATHER
The Leader, The Teacher & You by Lim Siong Guan
Lim Siong Guan’s remarkable contributions to the public service and consequently his hefty portfolio – as Head of the Civil Service, as the Permanent Secretary of several different ministries, and a host of other illustrious appointments– makes this biography a sneaky way into one of Singapore’s most innovative and noble minds. Told with not only Lim’s incisive intelligence but also his generosity as a leader invested in the improvement of those under his care, this book is a must-have for all dads who want to learn how to empower the people around them.
4. For the SAVE THE WORLD FATHER
Doing Good Great by Willie Cheng, Sharifah Mohamed and Cheryl Tang
Get your politically-bent father inspired with stories about thirteen people who have reshaped the social and political landscapes of Asia. From the rural hills of Thailand to the corporate heart of Taiwan, meet these everyday heroes who have changed the lives of the underprivileged in their societies.
5. For the RULE THE WORLD FATHER
Can Asians Think? (4th Edition) by Kishore Mahbubani
A former diplomat and current professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Kishore Mahbubani’s collection of essays challenge prevailing views and stereotypes that have been informed by a diet of Western thought. Illuminating the complex dynamics between the East and the West, the questions he asks are increasingly salient in light of Asia’s growing global presence, and is a must-have for any dad who wants to understand where the world might be headed.
6. For the POLITICAL BUFF FATHER
Let the People Have Him
Chiam See Tong: The Early Years by Loke Hoe Yeong
A man that commanded even the respect of even Singapore’s steely patriarch, Chiam See Tong’s rigorously-researched and sensitively-delivered biography is a great gift for any father (and Singaporean) curious about the many shades that colour Singapore’s political history.
7. For the POETRY ENTHUSIAST FATHER
Clear Brightness by Boey Kim Cheng
Boey Kim Cheng’s latest collection is perfect for the father on the move. Based now in Australia, Boey’s poetry continues to strain for Singapore – vignettes of its streets, the delicate drifts of incense from the festival of qing ming that the collection takes its name from, emerge from his vivid, evocative verse. The very first poem in the collection is told from the perspective of a man who is both father and son – a figure caught between generations, interstitial. This collection negotiates the tensions these liminal figures face as narrators caught within and between: spaces, places, faces, while continuing iterate that home is where the heart is, wherever the heart may be found.
8. FOR THE (self-proclaimed) COOL DAD
Got Kids Go Where (2nd Edition) by Kelvin Ang
Send your dad a hint with this compendium of places and activities to bring the entire family! Kelvin Ang has combed Singapore in search of the best kid-friendly staycations and the most exciting family activities available – Dad will never be at a loss for a family outing again.
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