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The Good Father by Noah Hawley

Title The Good Father
Author Noah Hawley
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2013
Category Fiction
Total Pages 307
ISBN 9780307947918
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Establishing a specialty in diagnosing abandoned patients with conflicting symptoms, Chief of Rheumatology Paul Allen is placed in the position of having to unlock the mind of his son, who has attempted to assassinate a presidential candidate.

A Good Father by Catherine Talbot

Title A Good Father
Author Catherine Talbot
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2021-02-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780241987544
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Brilliant . . . I couldn't stop reading' Jo Spain 'Exceptional . . . Deeply chilling' Jane Casey ______________ Des is a good husband, a good father - a good man. He encourages his wife's artistic endeavours, reads bedtime stories to his children every night, and holds down a well-paid, if unfulfilling, job. But appearances can be deceptive. Lately, his wife seems to be forgetting that her art is for his eyes only. And rumours at work are threatening his reputation as a devoted family man. And he can't help but feel that his kids don't seem to need him as much as they once did. Des is afraid. Afraid of the world encroaching on his home. Afraid of past mistakes catching up on him. So afraid of losing control over his family that he is contemplating the unthinkable. A Good Father is a dark and gripping psychological suspense novel that will take you into the twisted mind of a man on the edge. 'This intricately made novel marks the debut of a writer from whom, and of whom, we shall be hearing much in coming times' John Banville 'Captivating . . . Readers will come for the premise and stay for its clever unpacking' Irish Times 'A devastating new voice in Irish fiction . . . Magnificent' Joe Duffy 'A great read, it's gripping, at times disturbing' Miriam O'Callaghan, RTÉ Radio 1

The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

Title The Good Father
Author Diane Chamberlain
Publisher MIRA
Release Date 2012-04-24
Category Fiction
Total Pages 347
ISBN 9780778313465
Language English, Spanish, and French
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After losing his construction job and his home, 23-year-old single father Travis Brown, who will do anything for his daughter Bella, gets an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions, which forces him to make a difficult decision for his daughter's sake. Original. 52,000 first printing.

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady

Title Emancipation Day
Author Wayne Grady
Publisher Anchor Canada
Release Date 2014-11-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780385677684
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Grady's novel reads with the velvety tempo of the jazz music of its day. . . . Grady fearlessly explores heated race relations and the masks we all assume." Chatelaine With his curly black hair and his wicked grin, everyone swoons and thinks of Frank Sinatra when Navy musician Jackson Lewis takes the stage. It's World War II, and while stationed in St. John's, Newfoundland, Jack meets the well-heeled Vivian Clift, a local girl who has never stepped off the Rock and longs to see the world. They marry against Vivian's family's wishes--there's something about Jack that they just don't like--and as the war draws to a close, the couple travels to Windsor to meet Jack's family. But when Vivian meets Jack's mother and brother, everything she thought she knew about her husband gets called into question. They don't live in the dream home Jack depicted, they all look different from one another--different from anyone Vivian has ever seen--and after weeks of waiting to meet Jack's father, he never materializes. Steeped in jazz and big-band music, spanning pre- and post-war Windsor-Detroit, St. John's, Newfoundland, and 1950s Toronto, this is an arresting, heartwrenching novel about fathers and sons, love and sacrifice, race relations and a time in our history when the world was on the cusp of momentous change.

The Good Dad by Jim Daly

Title The Good Dad
Author Jim Daly
Publisher Zondervan
Release Date 2014-04-22
Category Religion
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780310331810
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It’s never too late to be a better father Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is an expert in fatherhood—in part because his own "fathers" failed him so badly. His biological dad was an alcoholic. His stepfather deserted him. His foster father accused Jim of trying to kill him. All were out of Jim's life by the time he turned 13. Isn’t it odd—and reminiscent of the hand of God—that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a kid and son were pretty messed up? Or could it be that successful parenting is discovered not in the perfect, peaceful household but in the midst of battles and messy situations, where God must constantly be called to the scene? That is the mystery unraveled in this book. Using his own expertise, humor, and inexhaustible wealth of stories, Jim will show you that God can make you a good dad, a great dad, in spite of the way you’ve grown up and in spite of the mistakes you’ve made. Maybe even because of them. It’s not about becoming a perfect father. It’s about trying to become a better father, each and every day. It's about building relationships with your children through love, grace, patience, and fun—and helping them grow into the men and women they’re meant to be.

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

Title Good Good Father
Author Chris Tomlin
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Release Date 2016-10-04
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9780718097615
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Inspired by the #1 hit worship song by Chris Tomlin, this precious story teaches children about our Father God's unconditional love and acceptance and that the only gift God wants is our hearts. Grammy Award-winning music artist, Chris Tomlin, and Pat Barrett (Housefires) team up to tell the story of a little bear named Tucker whose life is forever changed when he learns just how great the King's love is for him. When Tucker's friends need help, he journeys to see the King who lives in a castle where the door is always open. Along the way, Tucker encounters a variety of humorous animals filled with ideas about what the King is like. Then finally, he meets the King who runs to him with open arms. This read-aloud storybook for 4- to 8-year-olds: Shows young children the character of God through a fun adventure story Teaches that God loves His children no matter what Encourages kids to have a relationship with their Heavenly Father and to ask for His help in prayer Sparks family discussions about who God is Makes a calming bedtime read with its warm message of God's caring heart With whimsical art created by Lorna Hussey, this inspiring story will leave children, young and old, reassured that God is a good, good Father, and they are loved by Him.

The Good Father by Christian O'Reilly

Title The Good Father
Author Christian O'Reilly
Publisher Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Release Date 2015-05-15
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 50
ISBN 9780822231875
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It's New Year's Eve and most of the party guests are in the kitchen admiring photos of their babies. But two lonely strangers find themselves cut off from the rest. Jane was invited because she knows the people in the kitchen. Tim was invited because he painted the kitchen. Jane drunkenly asks Tim, "What are you doing for sex tonight?" And a few weeks later she calls him with some unexpected news: she's pregnant…

The Good Father by Benji Alexander

Title The Good Father
Author Benji Alexander
Publisher Xulon Press
Release Date 2018-09-28
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 62
ISBN 1545648948
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Playing Nice by JP Delaney

Title Playing Nice
Author JP Delaney
Publisher Doubleday Canada
Release Date 2020-07-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780385693844
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A couple's pleasant little life is upended by the revelation that their son was switched at birth in this gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before. Pete Riley stays at home; his partner, Maddie, is the breadwinner. He spends his days browsing parenting blogs, where no concern is too trivial, and pacifying their rambunctious son, Theo. Then, one day, a knock at the door. Miles and Lucy, a posh and near-perfect couple, tell Pete something shocking: Theo isn't his son. Their children were switched at the hospital. At first, the couples are determined to reach a mutual agreement. They're all nice, rational people--surely they can sort this out between them. But soon their precarious arrangement--of babysitting, play dates and shared parenthood--begins to erode under the weight of perceived slights, hidden anxieties and petty jealousies. It isn't long before Miles reveals himself to be cold, commanding and aggressive. When he brings a custody case against the Rileys, suddenly their parenting abilities are under suspicion and their private lives become ammunition. That's when their damaging secrets are exposed, their relationship tested to its breaking point. They might teach their son to share and behave, to say "please" and "thank you," but when it comes to protecting their little family, Pete and Maddie are through with playing nice.

The Beguiling by Zsuzsi Gartner

Title The Beguiling
Author Zsuzsi Gartner
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2020-09-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780735239364
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“One of the best reads of the year.”—Toronto Star One of The Globe and Mail’s “100 favourite books of 2020.” On CBC’s list of the “best Canadian fiction of 2020.” An electrifying debut novel from the Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives that takes readers for a wild ride with urban-gothic flair and delectably wicked humour. Lucy is a lapsed-Catholic whose adolescent pretensions to sainthood are unexpectedly revived. It all starts when her cousin Zoltan, in hospital following a bizarre incident at a party, offers her a disturbing deathbed confession. Lucy's grief takes an unusual turn: Zoltan's death appears to have turned her into a magnet for the unshriven. Lucy is transformed into a self-described "flesh-and-blood Wailing Wall" as strangers unburden themselves to her. She becomes addicted to the dark stories, finds herself jonesing for hit after hit. As the confessions pile up, Lucy begins to wonder if Zoltan's death was as random and unscripted as it appeared. She clutches at alarming synchronicities, seeks meaning in the stories of strangers. Why do the stories seem connected to each other or eerily echo elements of her life? Could it be because Lucy has her own transgressions to acknowledge? And then there is that stubbornly resurfacing past, like a tell-tale ribbon of hair snagged on a fish hook. With ruthless wit and dizzying energy, The Beguiling explores blessings and curses, sainthood and sin, mortality and guilt in all its guises. Weaving together tales of errant mothers, vengeful plants, canine wisdom, and murder, it lays bare the flesh and blood sacrifices people are willing to make to get what they think they desire.

When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner

Title When I Pray for You
Author Matthew Paul Turner
Publisher Convergent Books
Release Date 2021-02-02
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 30
ISBN 9780593231913
Language English, Spanish, and French
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USA TODAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * From the author of the bestselling When God Made You comes an illuminating message about God's design affirming young readers. With lyricism, whimsy, and heartfelt emotion, Matthew Paul Turner reveals the tender emotions connected with watching a beloved child grow up and experience the world. Paired with Kimberley Barnes's vivid and playful illustrations, When I Pray for You is a beautifully affirming book, in which children and parents will see their own stories come to life. When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings parents pray over their children, and shares with the little ones how much care and concern a loved one feels for them. This is a book you will read to your child again and again. Perfect for any occasion, as well as for milestones including baby showers, birthdays, and graduations. From the moment I saw you, I started to pray. Big prayers and small ones I have sent God's way. I prayed you felt safe, full of joy and content. When I whispered "I love you," you knew what I meant.

The Years Of Fire by Yves Beauchemin

Title The Years of Fire
Author Yves Beauchemin
Publisher Douglas Gibson Books
Release Date 2011-11-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781551992761
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The second novel in the highly acclaimed series Charles the Bold, about a young man growing up in east-end Montreal. “Montreal! You’re going to be hearing from me! I’m going to make your ears ring!” These are the last words in this hypnotically interesting saga that follow the adventurous life of our bold hero, Charles Thibodeau. This book takes us through his high school years, and is called The Years of Fire for three reasons. First, he discovers girls, and we follow his fumbling but enthusiastic adventures with them. Second, he becomes fired up about politics (“Every so often he would raise his right hand and stare at it in amazement. Just think, it has just shaken the hand of René Lévesque!”) and the first Quebec referendum plays a major role in this book. Above all, fire changes his life when his estranged father threatens his stepfather’s store with arson, and Charles gets involved in dealing drugs to pay him off. How he escapes from his contacts with the pool-hall underworld, with the help of his friends, and emerges as an ambitious young writer makes for involving and fascinating reading, provided by a superb storyteller.

Becoming The Kind Father by Calvin Sandborn

Title Becoming the Kind Father
Author Calvin Sandborn
Publisher New Society Publishers
Release Date 2007-04-01
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 176
ISBN 1550923641
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The macho society that held John Wayne as a role model has created an emotional wasteland where 80 percent of men are unable to accurately express their feelings, and that same percentage feel estranged from their fathers. The stifled male, disconnected and out of touch, fills the void with apathy or anger, and the toll is staggering: short, unhealthy lives, ruined relationships, and damaged children. This destructive behavior repeats itself in the next generation as the sins of the father continue the cycle. In Becoming the Kind Father, Calvin Sandborn aims to break that cycle. His intensely personal story is heart-searing and inspirational. Brought up to fear his father’s alcohol-fueled fury and hateful put-downs, the author buried his feelings and fine-tuned his own rage. His father’s early death and the collapse of the author’s marriage provided catalysts for change. Interspersing clever literary references with painful childhood memories, intense self-examination, and astute observations, Sandborn provides well-researched psychological findings and self-help tips, including how to: * Identify and share feelings * Treat yourself as a kind father would * Form trusting male friendships * Break the anger habit * Forgive the world and yourself This guide offers helpful insight for the millions of men who want to become kinder human beings. A must-read for every woman who loves an angry or emotionally distant man. Calvin Sandborn is a journalist, author, and environmental lawyer who currently supervises the University of Victoria Environmental Law Clinic. He is also a kind father and grandfather.

Title Breakfast at the Exit Caf
Author Wayne Grady
Publisher Greystone Books Ltd
Release Date 2011-07-11
Category Travel
Total Pages 316
ISBN 9781553658269
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What begins as a road trip through America soon becomes a journey of discovery into themselves and into the heart of the next-door neighbour they thought they knew. For Wayne Grady, the thrill of landscape and history is tempered by memories of racism and his own family roots. Merilyn Simonds, her ear tuned for the offbeat, finds curious echoes of the ex-pat promised land she grew up with. Together they travel against the tide of American history, following in the literary tire tracks of John Steinbeck, William Least Heat Moon, and Francis Trollope. Grady and Simonds experience the splendors of the Mojave Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the bayou’s of Louisiana and the Outer Banks and contemplate the impact of geography on culture and of culture on landscape. They observe America from the outside, yet feel strangely at home. Part travelogue, part exploration, part mid-winter love story told with wit and acuity by one of Canada’s most engaging literary couples, Breakfast at the Exit Cafe is a journey into the reality behind the cultural myth that is America.

How To Be A Great Dad by Keith Zafren

Title How to Be a Great Dad
Author Keith Zafren
Publisher Great Dads Project the
Release Date 2013-05-01
Category
Total Pages 304
ISBN 098571381X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Most men spend very little time pondering the question, Am I doing the right things to become a great dad? This book addresses this most important question in a profound way. It's filled with personal stories, focused on powerful principles, and is written for real people. We all know how easy it is, biologically, to become a father. What we often don't realize is that it takes work, dedication, and learned skills to become a dad, especially a great dad." - From the foreword by Jack Canfield, Co-Creator, #1 New York Times best selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul (r) In How to Be a Great Dad, you will learn: The 15-day Great Dad Challenge that transforms fathers into dads. Why dads matter way more than you may think. The lifelong impact fathers have on their children. The three simple and strategic skills to great dad success that all dads can master. Why bad or absent dads can land kids in prison. How to become the father you wish you'd had. Why "father nurture" is as important as "mother nurture." Why saying "I'm proud of you" makes all the difference. Why "I'll love you no matter what" means so much to your kids. Why a hug is not "just a hug" when it comes from Dad. How to build your kids' self-esteem. How to give what you may not have received. A doable process to overcome hurts or limitations from the past. Neil Chethik, executive director of The Carnegie Center, writes, "Keith Zafren is an inspiring guide on this adventure into the heart of fathering. Read this book. It will make you a better dad, and it may even help you forgive your own father for the mistakes he inevitably made." Neil Chethik Executive Director, The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning Author, FatherLoss and VoiceMale "WOW!!! 'Healing a Father Wound' was by far the most impactful and emotional section of any book I have ever read. I can't even describe how deeply this teaching affected me. The feeling of 'choked up' stayed throughout reading the section, and keeps coming back even now. I realized clearly how my own father wound has affected my entire life, and still does to this day. It also made me realize how the healing process is a daily reward to me and my boys, and so worth the effort. My heart was smiling while my eyes filled with tears. Awesome book!" Patrick McMillan Founder, TeachingHappiness.com Author, An Exercise in Happiness for Ki

Strong Fathers Strong Daughters by Margaret J. Meeker

Title Strong Fathers Strong Daughters
Author Margaret J. Meeker
Publisher Random House Digital, Inc.
Release Date 2007
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 267
ISBN 9780345499394
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Citing the pivotal role of a father in a daughter's psychological, physical, and spiritual health, a national speaker on teen issues identifies and describes ten virtues that the author believes can be effectively emulated by today's fathers to promote healthy father-daughter relations and overall well-being in young women. Reprint.

The Certainties by Aislinn Hunter

Title The Certainties
Author Aislinn Hunter
Publisher Knopf Canada
Release Date 2020-08-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9780735276888
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A vivid, moving novel reminiscent of Anthony Doerr and Michael Ondaatje, about the entwined fates of two very different refugees. In 1940, as the shadow of war lengthens over Europe, three mysterious travelers enter a village in Spain. They have the appearance of Parisian intellectuals, but the trio of two men and a woman are starving and exhausted from crossing illegally through the Pyrenees. Their story, told over a period of 48 tense hours, is narrated by one of the men, who slowly accepts his unthinkable fate. In a voice despairing and elegant, he calmly considers what he should do, and weighs what any one life means. As he does so, his attention is caught by a five-year-old named Pia who wanders near his cafe table. To Pia he begins to address all that he thinks and feels in his final hours--envisioning a rich future life for her that both reflects and contrasts with his own. Meanwhile, in the 1980s, a woman named Pia seeks solitude on a remote island in the Atlantic, where she works at an inn and reflects on her chaotic childhood. As Pia's story begins, a raging storm engulfs the island and a boat flounders offshore. Pia and her fellow islanders rush to help--and past and present calamities collide. By turns elegiac and heart-pounding, a love letter in the guise of a song of despair, The Certainties is a moving and transformative blend of historical and speculative fiction--a novel that shows us what it means to bear witness, and to attend to those who seek refuge, past and present.

Tree by David Suzuki

Title Tree
Author David Suzuki
Publisher Greystone Books Ltd
Release Date 2009-07-01
Category Nature
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781926685533
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Only God can make a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a “biography” of this extraordinary — and extraordinarily important — organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism’s modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree’s pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it — including human beings — is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman’s original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted.

Motorcycles And Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

Title Motorcycles and Sweetgrass
Author Drew Hayden Taylor
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2021-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 360
ISBN 9781039000612
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Otter Lake is a sleepy Anishnawbe community where little happens. Maggie, the Reserve's chief, has been struggling with her responsibilities in the community and as a mother to her aloof teenage son, Virgil, after the death of her own mother and the loss of their last connection the old ways of life. Then John, a mysterious white man, pulls up astride a 1953 Indian Chief motorcycle and turns Otter Lake upside down. Maggie gets swept away, but Virgil is less than enchanted. Suspicious of the stranger's intentions, Virgil teams up with his uncle Wayne - a master of aboriginal martial arts - to drive the stranger from the Reserve.

The Good Father by Mark O'Connell

Title The Good Father
Author Mark O'Connell
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2015-03-31
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781439104187
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fathering is one of the most basic and profound human activities. Yet in addition to its many joys, fatherhood is often freighted with longing, sadness, anger, and misunderstanding. Most of us, men and women alike, are acutely aware of how difficult it is to father well, year after year, until, and even after, children are grown. At the same time, the essential relationships between men and women and their children are under stress these days as never before, subject to the pressures of work, money, divorce, remarriage, and adoption. As a result, many fathers struggle with deep uncertainties about their parenting abilities. Meanwhile, society's definitions of masculinity appear ever more fluid, negotiable, and unreachable in today's media-saturated culture, which endlessly exposes men (and women) to a stream of images celebrating violence, war, hypermasculinity, athletic ability, corporate competition, alternative life-styles, "metrosexuality," and triumphant materialism. Who, men might rightfully ask, are we expected to be? Do various pop-cultural definitions of masculinity really reflect what it is to be a man? What in men's true natures helps them be good fathers? Can aggression be useful? What masculine traits do fathers need to guard -- and guard against? How do men love their children, and how is being a father very different from and no less essential than being a mother? And how can women understand how men experience fatherhood? This is the rich social reality that Dr. Mark O'Connell, a psychotherapist and father of three, addresses in his provocative, brilliant, and wise book. Drawing on both his professional case histories and personal experience, O'Connell describes the internal conflicts that many men feel about the difficulties of being a father but which they are often unable to discuss easily. Such issues include questions about authority, discipline, intimacy, physical contact, and sexuality. In ways that are distinctly masculine, O'Connell says, fathers communicate standards, insist on respect for others, instigate necessary confrontations, and even engage in the kind of rough-and-tumble play that enlivens the developing neural structures in a child's brain. O'Connell contends that fathers play a crucial role in conveying the rules, expectations, and inevitabilities of life, and he describes how men can help their families by understanding and embracing their own masculinity. Men are different from women and must be allowed to parent differently as well. The Good Father, however, is not just a very readable book for fathers struggling to find their best selves in relation to their spouses and children. Women will want to read The Good Father as well. All men and women have complex and important relationships with their fathers, whether or not those men were good fathers. Dr. O'Connell reveals how men and women alike bring these relationships to their parenting, and how we so often need to untangle these generational knots. Filled with reassuring common sense, The Good Father opens a path toward happier, more satisfying relationships for the entire family while helping men become the good fathers they deeply want to be.