The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me

Bruce Feiler, Author William Morrow & Company $22.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-06-177876-6
In 2008, bestselling author Feiler (Walking the Bible) learned he had a rare, life-threatening tumor in his left leg. Fearing what his absence would do to the lives of his young daughters, Feiler asked six close friends (""Men who know my voice"") to help raise them. Feiler chronicles his battle with cancer, from diagnosis to recovery, as well as his sentimental but moving journey to recruit friends who can carry out his wish to teach his daughters to travel, dream, and live life to its fullest. Feiler's intimate bond with his friends makes them unusually expressive and communicative (if lacking in humor), and their own biographies lend further inspirational dimensions to the story. Though his letters to friends and family can get ornate (""The Brooklyn Bridge...is looking fresh-faced and handsome overhead, its famed promenade glittering like the pot of gold at the end of a long journey to come""), it's hard not to get swept along and cheer Feiler on as he fights for his life and his daughters'.
Reviewed on: 05/03/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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