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With Father's Day coming next week, here are three books about how dads shape their kids.

In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Jim Axelrod is the CBS correspondent's poignant, witty memoir about discovering, at a low point in his life, his late father's New York Marathon finish times — and setting out to beat them.

My Dad, My Hero (Sourcebooks) by Ethan Long is a sweetly funny children's picture book about dads who may not have superpowers but win their kids' admiration anyway.

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared (Grand Central) by Alice Ozma is a heartwarming memoir about a single dad (a school librarian) and his young daughter, who decided to read aloud to each other for 100 nights — and ended up continuing the reading ritual for eight years, until she left for college.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: pop culture 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 4:30am]
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