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A Good Man Is Hard to Buy For
This May, Esquire reposted a list of the 75 books that all men should read. Sadly, all the books that they picked—save for one—were written by men. The one book written by a nonmale, Flannery O'Connor, was (no joke) A Good Man Is Hard to Find.
Three weeks ago, JoylandMagazine.com published a response called "250 Books by Women That All Men Should Read." Some of the best of the best, include Kelly Link's spooky, lyrical Stranger Things Happen, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping and Toni Morrison's Sula. The one I'm buying my husband, however, is Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories—a collection that includes the short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," which, for the record, is not about a girl looking for a lover but a grandmother who suddenly gives up all her lifelong prejudices while confronting a very bad individual.
Nevertheless, I do believe that if I happen to circle that story in red marker and festoon it with hand-drawn hearts, my husband might just feel like a good man—who has been found and who has been given the gift of being quiet while reading in bed
Just in case your guy isn't a fan of literature, try these ideas for a Dad's Day gift.
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