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My dad taught me how to ride a two-wheeler and float on my back. He taught me how to drive a car, how to check my oil and tire pressure, and how to haggle with a car salesman. He also taught me the pleasure of getting lost in a book, something I watched him do regularly.

If you're in the mood to snuggle up with a novel featuring an awesome dad, here are six that won't let you down.

Jimmy Markum from “Mystic River"

By Dennis Lehane

Set in Boston, the plot is set in motion when three boys, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave, are playing in the neighborhood and Dave is abducted. Though he escapes his kidnappers, he is never free from the prison of his mind, where he is tortured by memories of the sexual abuse he endured at their hands.

Thirty years later, Dave is a blue-collar worker, Jimmy is an ex-con, and Sean is a detective. Their paths intersect when Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter is murdered. The love Jimmy has for his firstborn daughter and the pain of losing her drives his quest to find her killer. Jimmy suspects Dave, and Sean is assigned to the case.

When you get your hands on the book, be prepared to ignore pretty much everything else in your life until you've reached the last page. It's a murder mystery, but it's also Lehane's astute observations on trauma and how it can impact the rest of our lives.

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