What should my grandfather read?
September 7, 2012 8:03 PM Subscribe
Can you recommend books for my recently-widowed grandfather?
posted by christinetheslp to media & arts (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My grandmother passed away this summer, leaving my 92-year-old grandfather single for the first time in seventy years. His life feels understandably empty. The last time I visited him he mentioned that my aunt gave him a book, which he appreciated, since his days were long and it helped pass the time. I'd like to send him a few more, not only to help him pass the time, but also as a caring gesture. Can you recommend some?
He served in the Navy in World War II and has an interest in that
The natural world (he used to really enjoy gardening, but yard work is hard for him now - regardless, he's still kind of interested in plants, birds, and nature)
He is a lifelong resident of Racine, WI and is interested in his hometown and home state
He was a tool and dye maker, so he's very mechanical. He likes to figure out how things work.
He's a devout Catholic
Topics to avoid:
Bereavement or grief - he gets help in that area already
Love stories, for obvious reasons
Books about travel
Books about politics
The book he's reading right now is Coop by Michael Perry.
Can you recommend some fascinating reading for my grandfather?