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World-traveler, blogger, book lover… finding beauty everywhere she looks. Mina De Caro is Italian, born and raised in small-town Southern Italy, close to medieval castles and archeological sites. She is now based in Pennsylvania where she lives with her family, but there are three different countries in the world that she has the pleasure to call home. Mina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bari in Italy with a Master's Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Visual arts, traveling and her blog Mina’s Bookshelf are her favorite hobbies. With a background as export manager and a wide experience as international sales specialist, the only lands she hasn't had the chance to touch yet are the Artica/Antartica and Oceania. In an era of high-tech gadgets and electronic readers, Mina is very protective of her books, so whatever she is reading follows her around the house… with two little kids you never know when and where a crayon may leave a mark.

Father’s Day Book Gift Ideas For The Men In Your Life

“Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament.  But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it.

Well said, Clarence Budington Kelland! I couldn’t agree more with the prolific novelist who used  to define himself as “the best second-rate writer in America.” Second-rate he might have been, but his musing about fatherhood is a diamond of the first water. With his gritty and truthful statement, Kelland hit the nail of the “father’s business” right on the head.

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty“… Let’s fill those hands with good reads.

Photo Credit: Random House

(Photo Credit: Random House)

The King’s Deception: A Novel, by Steve Berry

“Cotton Malone is back! Steve Berry’s new international adventure blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery, and high-octane thrills into one riveting novel of suspense.” (Goodreads)

Paperback, 608 pages
Published by Random House
Released June 11, 2013
Genre: thriller, suspense, adventure, mystery, adult fiction
Amazon

(Photo Credit: Little House Books)

(Photo Credit: Little House Books)

Colorado Mandala, by Brian Francis Heffron

“In the heady, hippie backdrop of Pike’s Peak, Colorado, in the tumultuous 1970s, three souls swirl together in an explosive supernova. Michael is the flinty-eyed, volatile former Green Beret, whose tour in Vietnam has left unbridgeable chasms in his psyche and secrets that can never find light.”(Goodreads)

Paperback, 254 pages
Published by Little House Books
Released May 2, 2013
Genre: historical fiction, drama, military
Amazon

(Photo Credit: Putnam Adult)

(Photo Credit: Putnam Adult)

The Black Country, by Alex Grecian

“Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad returns, in the stunning new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national bestseller The Yard. The British Midlands. It’s called the “Black Country” for a reason. Bad things happen there.” (Goodreads)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published by Putnam Adult
Released May 21, 2013
Genre: historical fiction, mystery, crime, thriller
Amazon

(Photo Credit: William Morrow Books)

(Photo Credit: William Morrow Books)

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman

“A fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. ” (Goodreads)
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published by William Morrow Books
Released June 18, 2013 
Genre: fantasy, horror, paranormal fiction
(Photo Credit: William Morrow Books)

(Photo Credit: William Morrow Books)

 A Land More Kind Than Home, by Wiley Cash

“A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town.” (Goodreads)

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published by William Morrow 
Released April 17, 2012
Genre: literary fiction, mystery, thriller
Amazon
(Little Brown and Company)

(Photo Credit: Little Brown and Company)

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, by David Sedaris

“A guy walks into a bar car and…From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.” (Goodreads)
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published by Little, Brown and Company
Released April 23, 2013
Genre: non-fiction, short stories, humor, autobiography
(Photo Credit: McGraw-Hill)

(Photo Credit: McGraw-Hill)

The M Word, by Lori Sackler & Tori Gutner

“Radio personality and financial adviser Lori Sackler has devoted her professional career to solving the financial problems plaguing families today. Here she introduces a set of groundbreaking tools for anyone who needs to discuss money with loved ones.” (Goodreads)
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published by McGraw-Hill
Released February 19, 2013
Genre: non-fiction, guide, money
(Photo Credit: Simon & Schuster)

(Photo Credit: Simon & Schuster)

Proof Of Heaven, by Eben Alexander
“This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.” (Goodreads)

Paperback, 208 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster
Released October 23, 2012
Genre: non-fiction, science, spirituality, autobiography
Amazon

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