Skin by E.M. Reapy Elizabeth Reapy’s Natalie is one of those characters who stays with you long after you’ve finished the book she occupies. If “occupies” is even the right word, given Natalie’s preoccupation with not taking up too much space in the world. Fixated on her body and her tendency to binge at timesRead more..
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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die By James Mustich If you can get past what is clearly one of the more intimidating book titles you will ever come across, this volume is a wonder to dip in and out, in small or large doses. And not surprisingly, it is loaded with Irish titles –Read more..
A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED The Encyclopedia of Ireland is being dubbed the most comprehensive book to date on Irish life, culture, and history, and leafing through its pages, it’s hard to disagree. Arranged in alphabetical order, the Encyclopedia contains more than 5,000 essays written by nearly 1,000 contributors. A randomRead more..
A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Providence College Professor of English Charles F. Duffy was planning to teach some Irish American fiction in one of his Modern Irish Literature classes. “Figuring Edwin O’Connor would loom large…I reread The Last Hurrah,” Duffy writes, “and then looked around for a biography of the author.Read more..
A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Telling an as-yet-untold story about the heroic FDNY mission of September 11, Terry Golway writes: “Lieutenant Bob Bohack faced the dilemma of his career. He had his orders: He was to help extinguish the fire on the 79th floor. But those orders were givenRead more..
A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Acclaimed historian Edward T. O’Donnell goes from the Ice Age to Michael Phelan (“The Father of American Billiards”) in his breezy history 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History. O’Donnell, professor of American History at Holy Cross College, covers topics ranging from Ireland BeforeRead more..
MEMOIR Malachy McCourt’s new memoir Singing My Him Song picks up where his best-seller A Monk Swimming left off. As the old saying goes, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry, right along with Malachy, as we follow the actor/raconteur from Hollywood to Broadway, as he boozes, befriends famous men, and bucks the system. In his latestRead more..
NON-FICTION The Irish cop is no stereotype. As authors Thomas Reppetto and James Lardner show, in their informative new history NYPD: A City and Its Police, the Irish have played an integral role on New York City’s police force since its creation in 1844. By the mid- 1880s, the authors write, one survey “found thatRead more..
How too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. ℘℘℘ At first, it seemed to be nothing. It was a curled-up dark brown leaf about the size of a good lock of hair and it was preserved in glass in a room in the Fairlow Herbarium in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A typewritten cardRead more..
A book about a subject most of us want to ignore. When the British government imposed internment without trial in 1971, army personnel at the Castlereagh Interrogation Centre carried out an experiment known as “the five techniques” on 14 men. They covered their heads with hoods, bombarded them with “white noise,” deprived them of foodRead more..