Meaningful Words, Classic Sounds
DADS AND DAUGHTERS
By Joe Kelly (Broadway Books, $24)


Beginning with a self-test, “How Am I Doing as My Daughter’s Father?” this book covers myriad pivotal issues — body image, dating and sexuality, drugs and alcohol, managing money — in a practical, action-oriented format.

OUR READ: A FATHER’S DAY GIFT THAT APPLIES ALL YEAR
THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO
By Raymond Benson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $24)


James Bond returns to Japan after an important British businessman and his family are killed by a terrible virus. Penned by the director of the Ian Fleming Foundation, Benson’s seamless version of the veritable Bond races against time to prevent the release of more of the deadly virus, one that could destroy the Western world.

OUR READ: CLASSIC, FAST-PACED BOND
STEEL MY SOLDIERS’ HEARTS
By Colonel David H. Hackworth (Rugged Land, $28)


Called the Band of Brothers for the Vietnam generation, Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts begins when Hackworth (one of the U.S.’ most decorated soldiers) steps off a Huey in 1969. He was eventually given command of the 4/39th — a battalion of poorly led draftees with the Army’s highest casualty rate — and turned them into Vietnam’s Hardcore Recondos, many of whom are interviewed in this book that takes readers into frontline combat action.

OUR READ: LIVING HISTORY
THE RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
By Richard Florida (Basic Books, $26)


To understand the creative class — artists, scientists, venture capitalists, teachers, and others who derive their identity and values by working in self-motivated, creative endeavors — is to understand how this powerful class will shape this century’s workplaces, leisure activities, family structures, and living spaces.

OUR READ: AS CARD-CARRYING MEMBERS OF THIS CLASS, WE READ WITH NODS OF AGREEMENT

ALSO WORTH READING: James Patterson’s The Beach House (Little, Brown & Co., $27), William F. Buckley Jr.’s Nuremberg: The Reckoning (Harcourt, $25), and Robert Ludlum’s The Paris Option (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16)