In honor of Father's Day this coming weekend, I thought I'd share a book that I listened to on a recent road trip.
Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have is by author and CBS news correspondent, Bill Geist, and his son, Willie Geist, also an author and NBC news anchor. In it the duo discusses those "mandatory" father and son talks they never got around to having, as well as reminisce about Geist family history. The book is told in a back and forth style and is mostly comical in nature. From sports and holidays, summer camp, taste in music, and a favorite family car, Bill and Willie Geist are naturals at sharing memories of what seems to be a wonderful and sometimes weird family life. The pair provides plenty of laughs but get serious as well, especially as they discuss Bill's seldom mentioned time spent in Vietnam, as well as his struggle with Parkinson's Disease.
Good Talk, Dad was an enjoyable audio book and a funny and poignant look at this father-son relationship.
A brilliant physicist is disappointed in his profoundly average son. He tries everything to get the boy to show some mathematical or scientific promise, but to no avail. When Nathan is in a severe accident and comes out of a coma with a whole new way of thinking, his father sees an opportunity to turn him into a human guinea pig. An unusual coming of age story that is relatable for anyone who had parents with high expectations.
Intense story of an adult son confronting his long-estranged father to unearth the secrets of his family's dysfunction. Craig Lancaster won the 2010 High Plains Book Award for his first book and 2009 Honor Book for 600 Hours of Edward. He writes with a strong, realistic flavor of the West.
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