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In the name of the fathers // MORE ABOUT DADS

These books have Dad in mind:

MESSAGES FROM MY FATHER, by Calvin Trillin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18).

Trillin, author and Time columnist, writes a wry memoir of his quirky father, Abe.

DANCE REAL SLOW by Michael Grant Jaffe (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $20).

This novel explores a part-time lawyer's experiences as a single father and the joys and difficulties that his new responsibilities bring.

FAMILY MAN: Fatherhood, Housework, and Gender Equity, by Scott Coltrane (Oxford, $27.50).

Coltrane draws on sociological research and interviews to examine the evolution of shared parenting, suggesting that fathers who participate more in child-rearing will themselves be positively transformed.

FATHERS' DAUGHTERS: Transforming the Father_Daughter Relationship, by Maureen Murdock (Fawcett Columbine, $11, paperback).

This book explores the personal and cultural complexities of being "Daddy's Little Girl."

WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY FATHER: Sons and Daughters Remember, edited by Mary Kay Shanley (Sta-Kris, Inc, $14.95).

This richly illustrated collection of 48 essays is written by the children of well-known fathers such as Walt Disney and Gerald Ford.

FISHING WITH DAD, by Michael J. Rosen (Artisan, $14.95).

In blank verse, Rosen tells a lyrical tale of a childhood of Sundays spent fishing with his father. Now the two take the author's son to the same spots, sharing the same lessons.

DRIVING MY FATHER: A Daughter's Story, by Susan Wicks (Basic Books, $18).

Author/poet Wicks writes of her mother's death and its effect on her close relationship with her father.

A MAN CALLED DADDY: A Celebration of Fatherhood, by Hugh O' Neill (Rutledge Hill Press $12.95).

This is a humorous reminiscence for veteran dads as well as an empathetic guide for new fathers.

ANOTHER WAY HOME: A Single Father's Story, by John Thorndike (Crown $24).

The story of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer in 1967 who brings his child back from El Salvador to raise him alone.

_ Gina Vivinetto

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