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Top Ten Tuesday: Father’s Day Freebie



This week is a freebie! Something relating to fathers or Father’s Day.


Sorry but it is only top FIVE Tuesday this week.





Kids today with their crazy ideas…. that’s the shortest summary of this great novel that stands the test of time. I read it in ’81 and still love it. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev



You’ve heard of “home schooling?” Well, Libertad was “truck schooled” by her college-professor-turned-truck-driver-Dad. Along with learning to drive a big rig, Libertad learned to love literature, to hide in it, to find her nonexistent home in it. Then a change occurred in her life and she landed in a Mexican women’s prison where money equals privilege. She starts a “library club” to spin her life story and we are invited along for the ride. And what a road trip it is! No matter the book she chooses from the prison’s scant book collection her story pours forth like the nightly soap operas. Even the warden wants to listen. A great story of family, self discovery, rebirth and so much more. Gonzales and Daughter Trucking Company: A Road Novel With Literary License by Maria Amparo Escandon.



Patsy Jefferson had the unenviable role of being her father, Thomas Jefferson’s, daughter and hostess throughout nearly all of his career. But there was another woman in his life–a woman we didn’t hear of until recently. She was his slave–he owned her, Sally Hemmings. Hemmings was also a blood relative of Patsy’s late  mother. Imagine having to share your father’s house with your half-aunt who was also your father’s slave and mistress. Then imagine the mistress was giving birth to your father’s younger family at that time. Somehow they made it work. America’s First Daughter.









In postwar upper-class America, Johnny Gunther was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His father, John Gunther, was a famous journalist and so, naturally, was observant and took notes. He was not the greatest of fathers–he was separated from Johnny’s mother and constantly traveling for his work as a writer and journalist made famous for his “Inside” books offering an in-depth look at various countries or regions. Johnny, Gunther’s only child, was brilliant and enjoyed a privileged upbringing in Europe and in the best parts of New York and Connecticut. He attended the exclusive prep school, Deerfield.

By telling the story of his son’s death, Gunther helped to slowly remove the stigma attached to the word “cancer.”  Used to tirelessly following any lead for a story, accustomed to long hours of difficult research and unintimidated by the famous, John Gunther helped to prolong his son’s life by idetifiying the best doctors and the most promising (and not-so-promising) treatments of the late 1940s.  Death Be Not Proud: A Memoir by John Gunther




Theodore Roosevelt had 6 children. “Princess Alice” as she was known was born to his first wife who tragically died soon after giving birth. Theodore was not much of a father to Alice. After leaving her in the excellent care of his sister, upon remarrying, the little girl was abruptly taken from her aunt and her aunt’s staff and put in the care of her new stepmother (well, her new stepmother’s staff). He once famously said he could run the country or he could run Alice, but not both. His heartbreak on his first wife’s death was such that he never once spoke to his their daughter about her. Sad. His other five children, born to his very happy marriage to his second wife (and childhood love) , Edith, were greatly beloved. These letters are to all six, but mostly to the later five. Theodore Roosevelt: Letters to His Children.



Why not take part in Top Ten Tuesday with us next week? Here’s the link to the rules. And, here’s the link to all of this week’s posts at the Broke and the Bookish.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Father’s Day Freebie

  1. Fascinating/sad about TR’s daughter Alice. I’d like to learn more about her! I think I’d enjoy the TJefferson book, too. Fun post idea!


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