Walker Lamond's popular blog 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son, full of dictums for raising a modern gentleman (many passed on from his own father) has made its way into print. Lamond describes his rules as "the simplest and most effective way to pass down tried and true institutional knowledge from one generation to the next." From the practical (Use the broiler. It's an indoor grill.) to the humorous (Make a hipster's day. Donate old clothes to charity.) to the wise (When in the woods, be quiet), Rules is a fun read for rule followers and rule breakers alike.
The book, as well as much of the advice, has an old-fashioned quality to it but not unnecessarily. Some rules for living never go out of style. The volume is topped off with short lists of what Lamond considers required listening and essential reading for boys. Though they may not agree with all of it, this would be a nice book for dads (when's Father's Day again?). We especially like the idea of annotating and adding to it (there's a page for notes at the back, but there's also plenty of negative space on each page) and passing it on to a son on a milestone birthday.